Man busted for stealing moped after riding without a helmet, speeding, in Secaucus


A man was busted for stealing a moped out of Union City after a police officer stopped him for riding without a helmet and speeding in Secaucus, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Andy Perez. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, April 26th about 11:24 a.m., Secaucus Police Officer Robert Schaffer was patrolling the area of Plaza Drive. While on patrol, he observed a man operating a 2023 Fly motorcycle-style moped, without a helmet, Miller said in a statement.

Furthermore, the man, later identified as Andy Perez, was operating the moped at high rates of speed and disregarding traffic control devices. Schaffer stopped the moped in the area of Plaza Drive and Paterson Plank Road.

During the motor vehicle stop, Perez provided false information pertaining to his identity. The moped was discovered to have been stolen from Union City on April 15th.

At the time of his arrest, Andy Perez was found in possession of sensors commonly used as
“anti-shoplifting” devices and merchandise from Marshalls, 400 Millcreek Drive, that was
deemed to have been shoplifted just prior to being stopped by Schaffer.

“This arrest is another example that proactive policing brings criminals to justice. I applaud and am proud of the determination and commitment of Police Officer Schaffer and the entire patrol division who work tirelessly and patrol the streets of Secaucus daily in hopes of curtailing criminal activity, with my full support,” Miller added.

As a result, Perez was charged with receiving a stolen vehicle, hindering his own apprehension/prosecution, and shoplifting, along with a slew of motor vehicle summonses. He was released, pending his first court appearance, authorities said.

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