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Jewelry Store Owner's Call Leads to Arrest of 4 Brooklyn Men

The men, all in their 20s, were charged with crimes including possession of stolen property and theft.

A quick-thinking Wyckoff business owner who saw something that made him uncomfortable outside his business last week called the Wyckoff Police Department, and before the night was through cops had arrested four Brooklyn men on multiple charges including theft and possession of stolen property.

On Thursday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m., the owner of Hartger's Jewelers reported a suspicious vehicle in his parking lot with New York license plates, according to Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox.

The vehicle drove away and was located in the lot of the Wyckoff Avenue Walgreen's. Sgt. Michael Ragucci and Patrolman Kevin Kasak responded, approaching the car.

After speaking with the four males in the vehicle, the officers found that each had different stories as to why they were in the area, according to police.

Following a lengthy investigation and interviews, police determined that the men were in possession of iPod Touches, an iPad, a GPS, and more than a dozen gift cards that were purchased with stolen credit cards and gift cards that they stated they bought on the streets of Brooklyn, according to police.

Two of the individuals had given false names and had to be identified through fingerprint records, cops said.

Police discovered that Adam I. Bilal of Brooklyn, 26, had active warrant for his arrest from Bergen County Court for contempt of a judicial court order.

He was charged by Kasak with possession of stolen property, theft, use of a fraudulent credit card, and providing false information to hinder his apprehension and committed to the Bergen County Jail in default of $25,000 bail.

Jaquan J. Wright, 22; Timothy S. Overton, 21; and Tyshawn T. Overton, 20; all of Brooklyn, New York; were each charged with possession of stolen property and theft, according to police.

Wright was additionally charged with providing false information. They were released in their own recognizance and are scheduled to appear in municipal court on January 23, cops said Thursday.

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qdogPa January 10, 2013 at 06:24 PM
What is the bet they fail to show up for their court date?
JAFO January 11, 2013 at 09:14 PM
A little more detail please. What exactly made the own "uncomfortable"? A car with NY plates? The fact it had 4 black men in it? Something else?
Safety 1st January 12, 2013 at 04:48 AM
@ JAFO - what difference does it make ? A car was parked on their property who were not customers apparently. They had been robbed recently and had every reason to be concerned if a bunch of guys parked outside their place of business. Their instinct or feeling if discomfort probably thwarted another robbery.
Anita Remjob January 12, 2013 at 05:36 AM
If I saw these guys in Wyckoff I would assume there guilty. You no how those people are.
Jon January 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM
instincts were correct either way

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