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Hoboken Police Recovers 52 Stolen Bikes in Jersey City

Three men were arrested on Wednesday in Hoboken and Jersey City. An investigation is still ongoing.

Hoboken police uncovered a bike theft ring on Wednesday, recovering 52 stolen bikes from two vans parked in Jersey City, police said.

Salah Mostefaoui, 46, and David Surles, 49, were arrested by Hoboken police around 3 p.m. on Wednesday on Union Street in Jersey City, police said. Mostefaoui was charged with fencing and receiving stolen property, police said, and Surles was arrested with conspiracy in fencing as well as receiving stolen property.

The recovered bicycles are the result of dozens of bike thefts over the course of several months in Hoboken and the surrounding area. The operation on Wednesday was completed by the Hoboken detective bureau's Street Crime Unit, under the supervision of Sgt. Edwin Pantoja.

Mostefaoui allegedly ran his operation from Jersey City and is also known as "Kareem," according to the police report. He allegedly paid $100 or $150 per stolen bike.

The bike theft ring was allegedly operating out of 317-319 Union Street in Jersey City, police said.

Mostefaoui, a Jersey City resident, allegedly owns two vans, one white and one red, which were both filled with bicycles. Surles is a New York City resident, according to reports.

Mostefaoui allowed the police officers inside his apartment, according to reports, where four bicycles were discovered. The vans as well as the bikes were taken back to police headquarters in Hoboken.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing, police said.

Hobokenites who have had their bicycles stolen are encouraged to look through the 52 recovered bikes to find their stolen property, police said.

davidd December 13, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Whoa! Good job
The Sphynx December 14, 2012 at 02:07 AM
As Hoboken bike owner I'm over joyed. Bike theft is under reported and hard to combat. If owners of these bikes had registered them and reported to them stolen they should easily be reunited.
Nathan Tableman December 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Wow maybe these lazy cops of ours are changing. When my bikes used to get stolen they would lie and say someone would come to the building to talk to us about it and never even show up - this happened over and over. I even had the ID of a thief once, because he dropped it in our garage, the lazy hoboken cops didn't care. I got my bike back, though because I did their job.
AllGutsNoGlory December 17, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Maybe you moved here from some lazy town where nothing happens and the police have all the time in the world to go chasing after your bicycles that you allow thieves to steal "over and over" again as you say. The year is not completely over and we answered over 65,000 calls of service, not to mention the many lives rescued and assisted during Sandy. Apparently you haven’t figured out how to protect your property and expect the police to stand guard by your bicycles. Move back to Shimville fool!

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