West Haven Women Linked to Fencing Operation: Police

Monday, Aug 19, 2013  |  Updated 7:20 PM EDT
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West Haven Women Linked to Fencing Operation: Police

Mahwah Police Department

Jennifer DeJesus (left) and Alanna M. Prior (right) were arrested in New Jersey and linked to a large-scale fencing operation spanning several states.

Two West Haven women were arrested Sunday night in New Jersey after reportedly being linked to a large-scale fencing operation spanning several states.

According to police, Jennifer DeJesus, 37, and Alanna M. Prior, 34, were stopped for a moving violation while driving in Mahwah, N.J. around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Police searched the car and found hypodermic needles, drug paraphernalia, a large amount of stolen property and ledger books containing the addresses of several PetSmart, Petco, A.C. Moore, Michaels Arts & Crafts, JoAnn Fabrics and Walgreens Stores in N.Y., Ohio, Conn., Mass. and N.J., authorities said.

The stolen items were contained in 11 garbage bags and are valued at more than $10,000, police said.

The women were arrested and taken to police headquarters, where officers found they both had outstanding bail warrants in Penn. for trying to steal more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from a Petco store, according to police.

DeJesus was charged with receiving stolen property, trafficking in stolen property, conspiracy to traffic stolen property and speeding.

Prior was charged with possession of hypodermic needles, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and conspiracy to traffic in stolen property.

They were both held in lieu of bail at the Bergen County Jail.

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