CRANBURY, NJ – It may sound a bit fishy, but an outstanding warrant out of South Plainfield led to an arrest in a major shrimp heist that took place last year.
The New Jersey State Police pulled over Emilce Rodriguez-Aguilar of Homestead Florida for a simple traffic violation.
The police stop occurred at mile post 95 on the New Jersey Turnpike.
During the traffic stop State Trooper Hussein learned Rodriguez-Aguilar was wanted on an outstanding criminal arrest warrant in South Plainfield.
Rodriguez-Aguilar was arrested and here is where the whole crustacean caper unfolded.
A police investigation revealed that Rodriguez-Aguilar was wanted for stealing a cargo of shrimp valued at $300,000.00 from Preferred Freezer in Woodbridge Township back on November 20, 2015.
Rodriguez-Aguilar allegedly obtained the cargo with a valid pickup order, but never delivered the cargo to its intended destination.
Holy mackerel that’s a lot of shrimp.
Rodriguez-Aguilar is charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, and is being held at the Middlesex County Jail in lieu of $75,000 full cash bail.
The case is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit.