Police: Newark man arrested for stealing $26k in merchandise from Secaucus Gucci store


A Newark man was arrested for stealing $26,000 of merchandise from the Gucci outlet in Secaucus, police said.

Mecca Nevels. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 11:56 p.m. on Friday, Secaucus police responded to the Gucci store located at, 50 Hartz Way, on a report of multiple activated burglar alarms, according to Police Chief Dennis Miller.

Gucci security was able to view a live video feed within the store and advised police that burglars were inside and actively stealing items. Approximately $26,000 worth of merchandise was found to be stolen from the store, officials said.

Responding Secaucus police officers recovered evidence and discarded stolen merchandise near the store. Security for Major League Baseball, also on Hartz Way, reported seeing the burglars running near their property.

During a search of the area, Det. Lt. Michael Torres located Nevels hiding in a nearby creek
camouflaged by some brush. Nevels was then placed under arrest without resistance.

In a subsequent search, Nevels was found in possession of a quantity of suspected
marijuana and stolen merchandise from Gucci.

An extensive search of the area for others involved in the burglary was conducted by Secaucus Police with the assistance of a K-9 from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

The search yielded negative results but the investigation is ongoing.

“I want to thank the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for always being willing to assist us
with their K-9 resource,” Miller said.

“I also want to commend my responding officers who still perform their essential duties without hesitation, despite the inherit risk to themselves during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Nevels, 21 of Newark, was charged with burglary, theft of moveable property, conspiracy to commit burglary & theft, and possession of marijuana. He also had an active warrant from Newark with a bail of $200.

He was taken to the Hudson County Jail pending his appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court.

Anyone with information regarding the Gucci Burglary can contact the Secaucus Police
Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or detectivedivsion@secaucus.net, or the Secaucus
Police Tip Line at (201) 330-2049 or spdtips@secaucus.net.

All calls will be kept confidential.

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