Police: 2 men, one with 10 warrants for his arrest, busted for Hoboken package theft


Two men, one who had 10 outstanding warrants for his arrest, were busted for a Hoboken package theft yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Benjamin Abreu, 49, of Hoboken, and Gregory Freitas, 29, of Jersey City, were both charged with one count each of theft and conspiracy, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

At about 1:20 p.m., on Sunday, August 2nd, Det. Sgt. Josue Velez and Det. Luis Rodriguez were driving eastbound on 9th and Jefferson Streets in an unmarked police vehicle.

As they traveled through the intersection, they observed two men standing by a package, which was laid in front of a residential doorway. One man appeared to be studying the package, as the other man appeared to be acting like a lookout.

The detectives kept watch as they approached the next intersection of 9th and Adams Street. As they reached the intersection, they observed one man pick up the package and they walked away together heading westbound.

Velez then notified dispatch of what they observed and gave out a description of the alleged actors before circling back to locate them. As they searched, Officer Liana Palladino notified dispatch that she may have located the alleged actors in the area of the 9th Street Light Rail.

Velez and Rodriguez responded and confirmed Palladino had stopped the alleged robbers. The two men stopped were identified as Abreu and Freitas.

Through on scene investigation, it was learned that the package was stolen and both Abreu and Freitas were placed under arrest.

After being charged for the theft, Abreu was found to have 10 warrants out for his arrest: six out of Union City, three out of Hoboken, and one out of Weehawken.

Additionally, Freitas had one warrant out of Riverside Township. Abreu and Freitas were  then processed before being transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, police said.