Police K-9 helps arrest man who stole car in Secaucus, robbed Clifton gas station


With the help of a police K-9, a man was arrested after stealing a car in Secaucus and then subsequently robbing a gas station in Clifton yesterday, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Jean Cardenas. Photo courtesy of Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On May 5th at 6:30 p.m., a Secaucus resident reported that his vehicle was stolen from the Subway parking lot, located at 10 Meadowlands Parkway. Secaucus police then notified
surrounding jurisdictions of the stolen 2021 Toyota Corolla, Miller said in a statement.

Then, At approximately 12:06 a.m. this morning, the Clifton Police Department contacted the Secaucus Police Department and stated that the stolen Toyota was involved in a theft at the BP Gas Station on Route 3 East.

They further advised that the vehicle fled on Route 3 East. Secaucus Police began probing the town and found the stolen Toyota Corolla abandoned in the Red Roof Inn parking lot, located at 15 Meadowlands Parkway.

Responding Secaucus police officers secured the scene and summoned their canine unit, Police Officer Vince DeFazio and K-9 Strobe.

K-9 Strobe tracked the suspect to the parking lot of the Extended Stay, located at 1 Meadowland Parkway, where Jean Cardenas was placed under arrest, without incident. At the time of his arrest, additional evidence was recovered, confirming he had stolen the vehicle.

“All officers involved in this incident did a great job in preserving the crimes scene and utilizing our new crime fighting tool to make this arrest. This police department will
continue to go above and beyond to protect Secaucus residents and their property,” Miller added.

K-9 Strobe will be officially unveiled at the Secaucus Town Council meeting on May 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Jean Cardenas, 20, of Englewood, was charged with burglary and theft of a motor
vehicle. He also had an active warrant out of Teaneck with no bail.

As a result, he was processed and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

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