HAMILTON, NJ --  As part of an investigation into a major theft ring involving stolen landscaping equipment, Hamilton Detectives executed a search warrant on March 19 of a residential/farm property located on the 3800 block of Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road. Detectives in the Major Crimes Section have been investigating thefts in Hamilton dating back to early 2019 involving stolen landscaping equipment in excess of $380,000 dollars. 

Two suspects -- Clint Riley, 39, and Kevin Cedeno-Ruiz, 24, both of Trenton -- were arrested after the search warrant was executed. The pair is accused of conspiring together to steal local landscaping equipment from storage yards throughout Hamilton Township then storing it in a pole barn located on the Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Road owned by Riley.

The stolen merchandise consisted of large ticket items such as X-Mark, Toro and Bobcat industrial lawnmowers valued for as much as $30,000 dollars each was allegedly sold off to buyers through Facebook Marketplace or through street buyers. Hamilton Police also state that many stolen mowers were stored at a location on Genesee Street in Trenton. The allegedly stolen merchandise was off-loaded from mobile storage trailers; then those trailers which also contained smaller items such as weed -whackers, edgers and leaf blowers were dumped empty at various locations in Hamilton Township. 

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Following the warrant execution, Hamilton Detectives are still working to identify additional victims and rightful of the larger items recovered. Hamilton Detectives asked the public to contact our Major Crimes Unit at (609) 581-4009 if believe they have been a victim of these landscape burglary/ thefts.

A list of the stolen landscaping equipment has been compiled for victim purposes. Serial and model numbers will be essential for recovery of these items. 

Other individuals with information regarding this incident should contact Detective Nicholas Schulte at (609) 689-5825 or nschulte@hamiltonpd.org; or Detective Daniel Inman at (609) 581-4035 or dinman@hamiltonpd.org.  A message also can be left of the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at (609) 581-4008.

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