Police: One Newark, one New York man arrested in Secaucus for 2 separate stolen car incidents

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One Newark and one New York man were arrested in Secaucus for two separate stolen car incidents in the past week, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Tariq Alqanawi (left) and George Valerio. Photos courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“In response to an increase in motor vehicle thefts statewide, Secaucus police officers will remain vigilant and proactively patrol our town in an attempt to combat this ongoing problem,” Miller said in a statement.

“I commend the police officers involved in these arrests for their diligence and I fully
support their commitment to law enforcement, despite working in a climate where some criminals are acting with impunity in our state.”

On November 18th at about 5:23 p.m., Secaucus Police Officer Jesus Rodriguez-Ferreira conducted a motor vehicle stop of a 2007 Hyundai Elantra on Paterson Plank Road for a loud muffler and broken headlight.

The vehicle was found to be stolen out of East Rutherford and the operator, Tariq Alqanawi, 37, of Newark was arrested.

Then, on November 23rd at about 10:33 a.n., Secaucus Police Officer Justin Machno conducted a motor vehicle stop of a 2007 Chrysler Sebring on County Avenue for improper display of a temporary registration, which was found to be forged.

The vehicle was discovered to be stolen out of New York City. The operator George Valerio, 40, of Ozone Park, NY was arrested.

He was also found in possession of electronics, blank checks, etc. that were stolen from victims in Atlantic City.

Alqanawi, was charged with receiving stolen property, while Valerio was charged
with two counts of receiving stolen property, hindering his own apprehension, and forgery.

Valerio was also found to have an active warrant from Atlantic County for a “weapons offense” with no bail and an active warrant from Paramus for theft of moveable property with $1,000.00 bail.

They were both processed and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.

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