NJ State Police arrest 2, seize $20k in connection to Bayonne plastic theft ring

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The New Jersey State Police arrested two men, seizing $20,000 in connection to a Bayonne plastic theft ring, that had 45,000 of plastic grinds valued at $67,000, authorities said.

Yih Tan and Rong Wu. Photos courtesy of New Jersey State Police.
Yih Tan and Rong Wu. Photos courtesy of New Jersey State Police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yih Tan, 38, of Staten Island, NY and Rong Wu, 41, of Brooklyn, NY were arrested on November 2 for allegedly operating a theft ring that sold stolen plastics overseas, the NJ State Police said in a news release.

A four-month long investigation revealed that various individuals and groups would steal plastic storage and transportation containers, commonly used by pharmaceutical retailers, bakeries, and food distributors, officials said.

They would then take the stolen plastics to the recycling facility where Tan and Wu would purchase them. It is believed that some of these individuals would then use the profits from the transactions to purchase drugs for personal use, authorities said.

At the facility, Tan and Wu would shred the plastics into small pieces called grinds.The grinds were then sold and shipped to businesses in China that would use the material for other products. During an undercover operation, detectives were able to sell plastic products to the facility with no questions asked, police said.

On November 2, detectives searched the undisclosed Bayonne facility and seized more than 45,000 pounds of plastic grinds valued at approximately $67,000. Investigators also seized more than $20,000 in cash and other items associated with the investigation, officials said.

It took detectives several days of working around the clock to sort through the evidence, which was enough to fill two tractor trailer box containers, authorities said.

The case was investigated by detectives from the New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit, Trafficking North Unit, Gangs and Organized Crime North Unit, Official Corruption North Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, and The Waterfront Commission of N.Y. / N.J.

The case will be prosecuted by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.