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iPods Worth $8,700 Stolen, Alleged Thieves Caught

Three men apprehended on Route 3 after electronics allegedly taken from Apple store in Willowbrook.

Three men have been charged with theft after allegedly stealing $8,700 worth of iPods Tuesday morning from the Apple store in the , said.

Pedro Lopez, 48, of Newark, Kenneth Torres, 39, of Fellsnere, Fla., and Samuel Perez, 40, of Belleville, were each charged with theft after being arrested in Clifton shortly after the theft, police said.

According to Wayne Det./Capt. James Clarke, Lopez entered the Apple store during a private seminar at about 8:15 a.m. Lopez lingered in the store for a few minutes until an employee told him the seminar was private, police said.

Torres then entered the store, went behind the counter and allegedly took 37 iPod Touches and left, Clarke said.

The employee realized what had happened and called the police. The men were seen entering a silver Nissan Pathfinder and headed toward Route 46 East, Clarke said.

Clifton and Little Falls police stopped a vehicle matching the description on Route 3 East, Clarke said.

Officers reported seeing the iPods in plain view inside the vehicle, Clarke said. According to Clarke, 36 of the devices were recovered and returned to the store.

The three men were released on summonses. They are scheduled to appear in Wayne Municipal Court on Aug. 30.

Lopez also had an active warrant out of Wayne for $268, Clarke said.

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Wayniac2 August 15, 2012 at 01:15 AM
What part of this article indicates that these men are illegal?
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Warren, You can't say these men are illegal immigrants if there's no proof published that they are.
Scondo August 15, 2012 at 02:02 AM
There is no ap for that
Bee August 15, 2012 at 02:47 AM
The stores in willow brook open at 10, why were they there so early ? Maybe someone told them about the early meeting! Why if there is already a warrant for one,are they out free right now and probably robbing people as I speak!!
wyldthang18 August 15, 2012 at 01:19 PM
If the store was doing a private seminar why were these guys able to walk right in the store?
Mattie August 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Let out of jail already!? These idiots were the reason I sat in traffic yesterday morning. Morons.

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