Garfield NJ Man Accused of Stealing Camera Equipment at Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York
By Travis Tormey posted in Theft Offenses on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A Garfield NJ man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a bag with $2,000.00 worth of camera equipment at the Manhattan bus terminal.
According to police, 44-year-old William Yacenko was sitting next to the person who had the bag filled with camera gear. Authorities said that Mr. Yacenko grabbed the bag and was walking away when the person in the terminal seat next to him got out of his seat to use a phone-charging station.
Later, the victim told police that he had been robbed by the man sitting next to him. He described the thief as a man wearing a bandana. When officers canvassed the Port Authority station, they found Mr. Yacenko, who was allegedly in possession of the stolen bag. Police also said that Mr. Yacenko had a bandana when they found him.
Mr. Yacenko was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
Althgouh Mr. Yacenko will face serious charges in New York, had he been charged with theft in New Jersey, the charges would have been equally serious. In New Jersey, theft of movable property is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. The statute stipulates that theft of movable property valued at more than $500.00 can be classified as a second degree felony. If Mr. Yacenko had been charged and convicted of second degree theft of movable property in New Jersey, he could have faced up to ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison.
Mr. Yacenko has a history of arrests in New Jersey. According to the Bergen County Sheriff’s website, Mr. Yacenko was previously charged with armed burglary, theft, and aggravated assault in Bergen County.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Garfield Man Accused of Swiping Camera Gear at Port Authority Bus Terminal.“