Hoboken police seeking public’s help to identify package thief, restaurant burglar

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The Hoboken Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify two men charged with burglary and theft: one package thief and one restaurant burglar.

Luis Medina (left) and Joaquin Fuentes. Photos courtesy of the Hoboken Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Luis Medina, 40, of Jersey City, is wanted for three package theft incidents that occurred between June 6th and June 19th, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

In each instance, the suspect allegedly forced his way into the lobby area of a residential building and used a tool to pry the door open and proceeded to where packages were kept.

He opened several packages, removed their contents and placed them into a bag he brought with him. Det. Paul Quinn identified the man in all three incidents as Medina, prompting Quinn to generate three warrants for his arrest.

Medina was charged with burglary, theft, and possession of burglar’s tools.

Anyone with any information on Medina’s whereabouts should contact Quinn at 201-420-5111 or email him at quinnp@hobokenpd.org.

If Medina is spotted, please do not approach and call the local police department. All callers may remain anonymous.

Additionally, anyone who believes they were a victim of a package theft please call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.

In an unrelated incident, in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 21st, three  restaurants in Hoboken were burglarized between the hours of 2:10 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., Cabrera said.

The three businesses were located in the northern part of town, in the area of 13th to 10th Street from Washington Street to Park Avenue.

The investigation was supervised by Det. Sgt. Josue Velez and conducted by Dets. David DiMartino, Edward Lepre, Bret Globke, Luis Rodriguez, and Officer Ryan Houghton.

Through their investigation, Joaquin Fuentes, 55, of North Bergen, was identified as the alleged actor in all three burglaries. As a result, DiMartino generated three warrants for his arrest.

Fuentes was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and possession of burglar’s tools.

Anyone with any info on Fuentes is urged to contact DiMartino at 201-420-2108 or email him at dimartinod@hobokenpd.org. All callers may remain anonymous.

If anyone encounters Fuentes, they are advised not to approach him and call your local police department.