Franklin Township Man Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property
Franklin Township, NJ
August 21, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Franklin Township Chief of Police Richard Grammar announced the arrest of Aaron Taylor-Fajardo, age 43 of Hunt Road, Franklin Township, NJ.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on August 15, 2018, at approximately 6:14 P.M., the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force, along with the Franklin Township Police Department observed defendant Taylor-Fajardo in the business parking lot of 900 Easton Avenue. During the course of the investigation, detectives observed a large commercial trailer generator that had been freshly spray-painted black to conceal identifying serial numbers and signifiers. Detectives smelled the odor of fresh spray-paint and also observed that defendant Taylor-Fajardo had black spray-paint on his hands and fingernails. Detectives located several empty black spray-paint bottles in the surrounding wooded area. The investigation further revealed that the commercial-grade trailer generator was stolen out of Paterson, New Jersey on an earlier date. The generator had a reported value of $141,000.00 at time of original purchase.
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotic Task Force members, along with the Franklin Township Police Department placed defendant Taylor-Fajardo under arrest without incident. Defendant Taylor-Fajardo was charged with 3rd degree Receiving Stolen Property and released on his own recognizance pending a Somerset County Superior Court appearance.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Grammar request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.