Hoboken police seek public’s help in locating two suspected burglars

Package theft prevention tips released

Hoboken police seek the locations of Luis Medina and Joaquin Fuentes who are suspects in local burglaries.
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Hoboken police seek the locations of Luis Medina and Joaquin Fuentes who are suspects in local burglaries.

The Hoboken Police Department seeks the public’s help in locating two men who are suspected of committing separate burglaries throughout Hoboken last month.

The first is Jersey City resident Luis Medina, 40 who is charged with burglary, theft, and burglars tools in connection with incidents on June 6 at 3:51 a.m. on 12th and Clinton streets; June 15 at 6:37 a.m. on 10th and Madison streets; and June 19 at 3 a.m. on Sixth and Adams streets.

According to a press release from the police department on those dates Medina allegedly forced his way into the lobbies of residential buildings using a tool to pry open the door and then allegedly opened several packages and took their contents.

Det. Paul Quinn generated three warrants for his arrest.

If you have information on Luis Medina’s location, contact Det. Paul Quinn at 201-420-5111 or email him at quinnp@hobokenpd.org. If you see Luis Medina, police instruct not to approach him but instead tcall your local police department. All callers may remain anonymous.

The second man is North Bergen resident Joaquin Fuentes, 55.

He is charged with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Burglar’s Tools.

According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, on Sunday, June 21 Fuentes allegedly burglarized three restaurants located in northern Hoboken between Washington Street and Park Avenue and 10th Street and 13th Street between 2:10 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Detective David DiMartino generated three warrants for his arrest.  If you have information on Joaquin Fuentes’s location, contact Det. David DiMartino at 201-420-2108 or email him at dimartinod@hobokenpd.org. If you see Joaquin Fuentes, do not approach. Call your local police department. All callers may remain anonymous.

Both men are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Hoboken Police Department also released package theft prevention tips. Package thefts continue to be a common crime in Hoboken as more people are working for home and self quarantining.

If you are Home or Not:

  • Ask for a tracking number. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
  • Request a “Signature Delivery Option” so your package is not left unattended at the front door or lobby.
  • Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages.
  • Ship your package to a location where they can be received in person, such as a relative or neighbor. If it is an option, ship it to your neighborhood retail store or work.
  • Arrange to have your package held at a pickup facility until you can retrieve it.
  • If there are no other options, provide specific instructions about where the package should be left on the property. Choose a location that conceals the item, so it cannot be seen by people walking or driving by.
  • Do not have packages delivered while you are going on vacation. Place deliveries on hold until you return from your trip.
  • Download the app. Major delivery companies have Apps that will help you with many of the options listed above. Some of these apps will also alert you of any packages being sent to you by a relative or friend.

Security upgrades:

  • Package thieves like to go window shopping. Designate an area in your lobby that is out of view from the outside or consider frosting the windows to your main entrance.
  • Consider a latch guard for your door. This makes it difficult to pry a door open. And ensure that all security measures that are available on your door are being used.
  • Doorbell cameras or surveillance cameras in your lobby are a great deterrent as well. They can provide video evidence of a crime that can help police in their investigations as well.
  • A well-lighted front entrance and lobby area. Many package thefts are occurring during the overnight hours.

Final Tip:

  • Retrieve your package right away. Do not allow packages to pile up. The longer you leave it unattended, the greater the chance the package will be stolen. Try teaming up with a trusted neighbor to pick up each other’s packages.

Be alert and report all crime and suspicious activity. If you are a victim of a package theft, report it right away at 201-420-2100.