3 Sentenced for International Car Theft Scheme


Three men have been sentenced for their roles in an international car theft ring in which expensive vehicles stolen in New York were directed to New Jersey and shipped to Abu Dhabi.

A judge sentenced 33-year-old Ian Aguilar of Denville to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and a weapons charge.

Under terms of a plea agreement, 32-year-old Adam Hassan of Guttenberg will serve three years in prison and 28-year-old Tomas Castillo-Abreu was given probation.

Prosecutors say Hassan would tell Aguilar what cars he needed, and Aguilar would then tell Castillo-Abreu, who would steal the vehicles. Prosecutors say Aguilar would assist Castillo-Abreu in moving the cars from New York to New Jersey before they were shipped to Abu Dhabi.