A duo was busted outside a Secaucus motel with a stolen BMW and credit cards, with one man caught with 45 wax folds of heroin in his room, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Yesterday at approximately 9:06 p.m., the Secaucus Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit were patrolling the area of the Rodeway Inn Motel, located at 155 Route 3 East, Miller said in a statement.
They observed a 2021 BMW 540i, with Verly Antenor driving, pull into the parking lot. He exited the BMW and entered the motel for only a few moments and exited with Arthur Garlick and Laura Probst.
The trio entered the BMW for a few moments, then Garlick and Probst exited the BMW and entered the Rodeway Inn, while Antenor exited the motel’s parking lot in the BMW heading onto Route 3 East.
Due to the heavily tinted windows and cracked windshield the Anti-Crime Unit stopped the BMW.
During the motor vehicle stop, detectives noticed the “SOS” button within the vehicle was pulled from the ceiling, along with a trim piece in the rear of the vehicle. Both of these pieces are commonly removed by auto thieves to disable a vehicle’s GPS.
Upon viewing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), it appeared to be inconsistent with those installed by BMW. Detectives also inspected the VIN label on the driver’s side door, which had misspellings on it giving the inference it was fraudulent.
Upon inspecting the VIN number on another part of the vehicle, it was discovered that the BMW was stolen on September 23rd, 2022 in Morristown.
During a search of the vehicle, a large quantity of evidence of fraudulent bank activity along with personal identifying information of various persons were seized. Additionally, three forged Georgia Temporary Registrations were seized.
As a result, Antenor, 21 of Roselle Park, was placed under arrest.
Secaucus police officers then responded back to the Rodeway Inn and located Garlick and Probst and they were both arrested for having outstanding warrants.
During a consensual search of their hotel room, Garlick was found in possession of forty-five (45) wax folds of suspected heroin, along with some drug paraphernalia.
“I laud the efforts of the SPD’s Anti-Crime Unit. The Secaucus Police Department will continue to probe problematic areas for criminal activity and seek out the criminal element. I am grateful for the Anti-Crime Unit’s dedication and persistence, under the auspices of Det. Sgt. Matthew Ford,” Miller added.
Antenor was charged with receiving stolen property, alteration of a motor vehicle VIN, trafficking in personal identifying information of another person, three counts of possession of fraudulent driver’s licenses, possession of a fraudulent VIN Card, possession of a false government document, falsifying of records, and credit card theft.
He was processed and lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
Garlick, 31, of Paterson, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He had an outstanding warrant issued from Parsippany with a bail of $2,500, two warrants from Pompton Lakes each with a bail of $750, and two warrants from Paramus and one from Haledon – each with a bail of $500.
He was also processed and lodged in the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
Finally, Probst, 29, also of Paterson, had an outstanding warrant issued from Paterson with a bail of $750 and a warrant issued from Parsippany Troy Hills with a bail of $1,500. She was released on her own recognizance, authorities said.