NEWARK, NJ – A fourth man was arrested Wednesday for his role in a conspiracy to steal and transport across state lines luxury cars from towns in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said.
Bilal Cureton, 30, of Newark, is charged by amended complaint with conspiring to transport stolen vehicles in interstate commerce, Honig said.
Malik Baker, Hakeem Smith, and Nafique Goodwyn were previously charged by complaint with conspiring to transport stolen vehicles in interstate commerce. Baker and Smith were also previously charged with one count of conspiring to receive stolen vehicles and one count of receiving a stolen vehicle that had crossed state lines after being stolen, and Smith was also previously charged with one count of transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines, Honig said.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, since July 2019, Baker, Smith, Goodwyn and Cureton and others stole and conspired to steal at least 10 luxury cars from towns in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, and hid those cars at a location in Irvington, New Jersey. The cars include a 2019 BMW X4 M40i, stolen from Greenwich, Connecticut on July 19, 2019; a 2016 Mercedes Maybach S600, stolen from Clifton, New Jersey, on Aug. 1, 2019; a 2019 Porsche Cayenne, stolen from New City, New York, on Aug. 6, 2019; a 2017 Mercedes S550 and a 2019 Rolls Royce, stolen from Hewlett Bay Park, New York, on Aug. 13, 2019; a 2019 Land Rover, stolen from Kensington, New York, on Aug. 22, 2019; a 2019 Mercedes Maybach, stolen from Quogue, New York, on Aug. 29, 2019; a 2014 Lexus GS, stolen from West Long Branch, New Jersey, on Aug. 29, 2019; a 2017 BMW M4, stolen from Marlton, New Jersey, on Sept. 7, 2019, and a 2017 Mercedes AMG S63, stolen from Orangeburg, New York, in September 2019.
Baker, Smith, Goodwyn and Cureton often used the stolen cars to steal more cars, and, in one instance, they used a Maserati GranTurisimo they stole from Manalapan, New Jersey, to steal a Range Rover and a Porsche Cayenne in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, 2019 in New City, New York. When law enforcement attempted to conduct a stop of the Maserati, the Maserati accelerated and crashed head-on into a police vehicle before the suspects fled the scene in another stolen vehicle. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement recovered one of the stolen cars in a shipping container at the port in Newark en route to Ghana, Africa.
The cars stolen by the defendants have an estimated total value of at least $1.5 million.
The charge of conspiracy to transport stolen vehicles is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offenses, whichever is greater