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Sheriff raids mechanic shop on Grand Street uncovering stolen car dismantling business

By Jonathan Greene
Published: November 26, 2014

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A city man was arrested after detectives raided a Grand Street auto mechanic shop on Monday afternoon finding the business was dismantling stolen vehicles, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.

The shop’s owner Amable Medonza-Rosa, 45-year-old, was arrested on Monday at around 2:45 p.m. at his auto mechanic shop on 175 Grand Street, according to the sheriff. When detectives raided Medonza-Rosa’s business that bears a sign Fonsy Garage he was found dismantling a stolen Acura TL. Sheriff’s officers confirmed the vehicle was stolen on November 15 and arrested Medonza-Rosa.

A further search of the business resulted in detectives locating several partially dismantled vehicles. Detectives found a 2007 Ford F-350 that was reported stolen in Sayreville on November 10, a 2007 Nissan Maxima that was reported stolen in Passaic on September 15, and a 2007 Ford F-250 reported stolen in Sayreville on November 10, according to the sheriff.

Medonza-Rosa has been charged with several counts of receiving stolen property. He was later released pending a court proceeding.

“I want to commend the Sheriff’s Detectives involved in this investigation and arrest,” Berdnik said. “The PCSO a will continue to investigate and arrest individuals involved stealing and dismantling of stolen vehicles. Stolen vehicles hurt not only the direct victims, but all of us who are straddled with increase automobile insurance premiums.”


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