N.J. Man Sentenced for Construction Equipment Theft

Fri August 14, 2009 - Northeast Edition

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) A Hudson County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing roadside construction equipment.

David DeJesus of Hoboken was arrested in April 2008 after he was seen improperly towing a piece of the equipment.

An investigation by state police and the Division of Criminal Justice found that he stole trailer-mounted welders and generators — including some with lights that warn motorists of construction work. The equipment was valued at more than $300,000.

DeJesus admitted taking equipment from road construction sites in Atlantic, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Monmouth, Passaic and Union counties.

Authorities said he sold it for shipment to South America.

He pleaded guilty to 14 counts of receiving stolen property.