New Jersey authorities indicted 12 men last week who they say stole $1.5 million worth of cargo over the past three years.
Authorities say that the men worked together in smaller teams to steal loaded trucks in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, storing the stolen cargo in warehouses and lots.
The thieves stole bedding, bicycle parts, perfume, fish oil supplements and other goods as part of the scheme. Also recovered were $120,000 worth of catalytic converters, $23,000 worth of Guinness beer, and $151,000 worth of Goodyear tires.
The 12 men are facing charges of conspiracy, money laundering, theft, fencing, burglary and receiving stolen property.
Attorney General John Hoffman said of the operation that led to the arrests: “We tracked these alleged thieves across three states and hundreds of miles of highway to ensure that they were held accountable for the full scope of their crimes,”