Grand Street chop-shop raided, owner arrested again | Paterson Times

Grand Street chop-shop raided, owner arrested again


Authorities have arrested the owner of a Grand Street stolen vehicle dismantling business for a second time on Tuesday, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.

Shop owner Amable Mendoza-Rosa, 45-year-old, was arrested at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday at his business on 175 Grand Street as he was dismantling a Nissan vehicle, Berdnik said.

Amable Mendoza-Rosa

Amable Mendoza-Rosa

“Yesterday, detectives found the owner of the shop, Amable Mendoza-Rosa, dismantling a 2005 Nissan Murano,” the sheriff said. “After confirming that the vehicle was stolen, they placed Mendoza-Rosa under arrest. The stolen vehicle recovered was completely dismantled and the frame had already been sold as scrapped-metal.”

The city man was arrested back in for the same offenses. Sheriff’s detectives raided his mechanic shop on November 26, 2014 finding four partially dismantled vehicles that were reported stolen elsewhere.”

“As a result, detectives kept a close eye of the facility leading to the most recent arrest,” Berdnik said.

Berdnik said Mendoza-Rosa is charged with receiving stolen property and maintaining a facility to dismantle stolen cars to sell parts. Mendoza-Rosa was transferred to city police lockup and bail is set at $30,000 with no 10-percent option, authorities said.

The sheriff said this is an ongoing investigation and more charges might be forthcoming.