19-year-old Brooklyn woman, 2 teens, arrested for eluding Secaucus police in stolen car


A 19-year-old Brooklyn woman, along with two teenagers, were arrested for eluding Secaucus police throughout the county before being arrested for stealing a parked car, authorities said.

Kasia Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 3:28 a.m., a resident of Pandolfi Avenue called the Secaucus Police Department and reported that four individuals burglarized his family member’s parked vehicle, according to Police Chief Dennis Miller.

After that same person approached the individuals, they fled the area in a black Toyota Corolla, which was found to be stolen out of Philadelphia, PA on January 13th.

The first responding officer observed the stolen vehicle fleeing the scene in the area of Centre Avenue. The stolen vehicle failed to stop when signaled to do so and eluded police, therefore a vehicular pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued through North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and ended
on the 1600th block of Clinton Street in Hoboken.

At that point, the driver and the front seat passenger fled the scene on foot. With the assistance of the Hoboken Police Department, Kasia Rodriguez and a 17-year-old female teen were arrested in the vehicle.

Additionally, a 17-year-old male teen passenger who fled on foot  was detained by Hoboken and Weehawken police after running toward Park Avenue in Weehawken.

The driver of the stolen vehicle is still at large, despite a search with a K-9 from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

Furthermore, the threee arrestees were found in possession of stolen property from a majority of the 21 vehicles that were burglarized on Secaucus’ residential streets.

Additionally, an imitation firearm was found within the stolen vehicle.

“I am extremely proud of my officers’ determination and diligent efforts in making these arrests, and I fully support their decision making,” Miller said.

“I want to thank the Hoboken and Weehawken Police Departments and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance. Additionally, I cannot stress enough that residents need to lock their car doors and never approach someone suspected of committing a crime, please just call 911!”

Rodriguez, 19 of Brooklyn, NY, a 17-year-old female from Chambersburg, PA and a 17-year-old male from Brooklyn, NY were all charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, multiple counts of burglary and theft, as well as conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of an imitation firearm.

The 17-year-old male from Brooklyn, NY was additionally charged with resisting arrest by flight, while Rodriguez was also charged with two counts of using a 17-year-old or younger to commit a criminal offense.

Rodriguez was released pending her appearance in Court and both juveniles were released to responsible adults.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or if they did not initially report their vehicle was burglarized, can contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or detectivedivsion@secaucus.net.

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