Alleged Secaucus Exchange parking lot thief nabbed by Anti-Crime Unit

Officers were conducting surveillance in the area after a string of burglaries

Parking lots near Exchange have allegedly been targeted in the past.
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Parking lots near Exchange have allegedly been targeted in the past.

The parking lots at the “Exchange,” the apartment complex on Riverside Station Boulevard, have been the scene of numerous burglaries into unlocked vehicles. Two vehicles were also stolen from the site from March through May of this year, officials said.

Members of the Secaucus Police Department’s newly created “Anti-Crime Unit” were conducting surveillance in these parking lots on May 23, in response to the string of burglaries and thefts.

While conducting surveillance, police say they observed Ahmed Abid allegedly attempting to enter several parked vehicles. He was subsequently placed under arrest for criminal attempt to commit burglary.

Evidence obtained at the time of Abid’s arrest and the investigation of 13 other car burglaries linked him to the crimes. Abid was identified as the person who allegedly stole a 2012 Honda Civic on March 31 and a 2019 Acura RDX on or about May 16.

Lock your car doors!

“This arrest would not have been possible without the cooperative effort between the Building Management at the “Exchange” and the Secaucus Police Department,” SPD Chief Dennis Miller said. “I am extremely proud of the work of the Anti-Crime Unit and Detective Division and fully support their efforts.”

Chief Miller reminds all residents to “LOCK YOUR DOORS, to prevent this crime of opportunity.”

Abid, 25, from Edison, was charged with 13 counts of Burglary, 10 counts of theft, and criminal attempt to commit burglary. He was taken to the Hudson County Correctional Center.

These charges are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be filed.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Secaucus Police Department Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or detectivedivision@secaucus.net.

Tips can be made by calling (201)-330-2049, emailing  spdtips@secaucus.net, or submitting anonymously at www.secaucuspolice.org.

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