NJ Transit police rescue dog, reunite her with owner, after being stolen at Jersey City light rail stop


New Jersey Transit police were able to rescue a dog stolen from a woman while she was waiting for a light rail train yesterday afternoon, reuniting the pair in short order, an official told HCV.

Inset photo of Bella the dog courtesy of NJ Transit. Light rail photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 4 p.m. yesterday, a Secaucus woman reported that a man and a teenage girl stole her dog while she was on the platform at the Richard Street Station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station in Jersey City, said NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic.

The pair took the leash of the dog, who is named Bella, from the 46-year-old victim and boarded a light rail vehicle.

NJ Transit police then radioed ahead to have the light rail vehicle stopped at Liberty State Park Station, keeping their doors remain closed and the suspects on board until officers arrived, authorities said.

Noel Tineo, 18, of Jersey City, and a 17-year-old girl from Hoboken, were quickly arrested by New Jersey Transit police at the Liberty State Park Station and charged with robbery, according to Torbic.

Shortly after the arrests occurred, police were able to reunite Bella with her owner.