5 Charged in High-End Vehicle Theft Ring Targeting Margate, NJ
Land Rovers, BMWs, Range Rovers, and an Audi Q8 -- all vehicles that were stolen in a high-end vehicle theft ring worth about $600,000 that had been recently targeting unlocked cars in Margate.
The NJ Attorney General's office announced the arrests of five North Jersey men after two of them were charged with stealing a 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport worth about $90,000 from a Margate restaurant, where it was left with the key fob inside.
Quamir Hodges, 24, of Montclair, Dion Wiggins, 21, and Zaquan T. Wright, 19, both of Newark, Adrian Goolcharran, 37, of Jersey City, and Burdley Jean, 41, of Union City, were charged with second-or third-degree receiving stolen property, according to the 19-count grand jury indictment.
These defendants allegedly sought out luxury car owners for their own financial gain, but as a result of the collaborative efforts by our detectives and task force partners, we were able to put an end to this high-end auto-theft ring,” said Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
“The takedown of this criminal operation represents our commitment to targeting auto-theft, and these indictments deliver the message that anyone responsible for these criminal networks will be held."
Even though there has been a recent uptick in vehicle thefts in Margate and other Downbeach communities, authorities say this theft ring had been stealing expensive vehicles from all over New Jersey.
Hodges, Wiggins, and Wright allegedly conspired from September through December 2021 to receive multiple stolen vehicles, with their alleged criminal activities spanning at least seven counties—Essex, Bergen, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Atlantic.
The investigation also found that Hodges and Wright allegedly provided Goolcharran with a stolen 2018 Range Rover to drive out of state on Jean’s behalf. Hodges, Wright, Jean, and Goolcharran are charged with conspiracy, trafficking in stolen property, and receiving stolen property in connection with that vehicle.
When detectives executed a search warrant in December at a purported auto body business in Newark owned by Hodges, they allegedly found a stolen Dodge Charger, a defaced semi-automatic handgun, an illegal large-capacity magazine loaded with 14 rounds, and a small amount of fentanyl. Hodges faces drug and weapons charges, including possession of a weapon as a convicted felon.