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Carlstadt police charge four in theft of Hess toy trucks

Photo Credit: Courtesy CARLSTADT PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy CARLSTADT PD

Just in time for Christmas, Carlstadt police charged a local trucking company owner and three alleged accomplices with stealing 360 Hess toy trucks that make up a 50th anniversary display touring the East Coast.

The trucks were in a Hess Toy Truck Mobile Museum trailer that visited MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Nov. 9 and 16.

Police said the trucks were off-loaded on Nov. 17 into two vehicles at a Moonachie Avenue lot by the owner of National Truck Service, Rodolfo Chavarria, 38, of Jersey City, and 47-year-old Bronx resident Miguel Centino, who they said stole the 20 cases of toys worth $10,782.

Police arrested two other Hudson County men, as well — Roberto Arias, 28, of Union City, and 20-year-old Luis Rocha of Jersey City.

They charged Centino with theft and the others with receiving stolen property. All were released on summonses to appear in Municipal Court.

NOTE: This is the last Christmas for Hess toy truck sales at its service stations. The company’s retail operations were acquired two months ago, and over the next three years, the stations will become Speedway franchises.


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