Police: Man caught with stolen assault rifle & handgun during Secaucus armed robbery investigation

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A man was caught with a stolen assault rifle and handgun during a Secaucus armed robbery investigation last week, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Jacob Abreu. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On April 30th at about 2:27.a.m., Secaucus police responded to the Shell Gas Station, located at 300 Route 3 East, on report of an armed robbery, Miller said in a statement.

Due to having similar robberies in neighboring municipalities, the Secaucus Police Detective Division and Anti-Crime Unit opened a joint investigation with detectives from the Jersey City, Union City, Hoboken and North Bergen Police Departments, in coordination with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

On May 5th, Secaucus Police Department Detectives, along with detectives from the Union City, Hoboken and North Bergen Police Departments, conducted a search of a residence on Davis Avenue in Hackensack, following the arrest of a 35-year-old man wanted in connection with a string of armed robberies in Hudson County.

During the search, detectives recovered a stolen Smith & Wesson 5.56mm assault rifle, a loaded a 30 round “high capacity” magazine, a stolen .36 caliber Euroarms, Model 1250, revolver, along with some 9mm and .40 caliber handgun ammunition.

The assault rifle was reported stolen following a home burglary in 2018 in Pennsylvania and the revolver was reported stolen from a store in Seattle, Washington in 1988.

Jacob Abreu, 26, of Hackensack, who was present in the residence at the time of the investigation, was subsequently arrested.

“I want to praise the diligent and collaborative investigative efforts of all the detectives who participated in this investigation,” Miller said.

“I also want to thank the Hackensack Police Department for their assistance during this investigation. The seizure of this high powered weaponry demonstrates the true dangers our officers face and can only hope the criminal justice system will prevail.”

Abreu was charged with unlawful possession of an assault rifle, two counts of receiving stolen property, and possession of a high capacity magazine.

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