SOUTH AMBOY, N.J. (PIX11)—Three cardboard thieves were arrested Tuesday morning for stealing 900 tons of cardboard boxes and selling them to retailers, making a profit of more than $100,000, according to New Jersey State Police.
Authorities said the accused trio would go to several Walmarts and Sam's Clubs looking for cardboard material that were laid out for recycling services to pick up.
The suspects would then pick up the material and take them to recycling facilities in New York and New Jersey that pay $125 per ton. Since May, the operation employees turned in approximately 900 tons of cardboard worth more than $100,000.
New Jersey State Police arrested Neal Devito, 34, of Old Bridge, N.J. and John Nichols, 38 of Staten Island, N.Y. Both men were charged with theft of $103,000 worth of cardboard, fencing, and conspiracy. Another man, Vincenzo Grasso, 46, was arrested by New York State Parole at his residence for a parole violation, and New Jersey charges on Grasso are pending.
Troopers seized two tractor-trailers and three additional flatbed trailers at the South Amboy lot. The trucks are registered to Straight Line Transportation, which is owned by Devito. A total of three 2012 Escalades used in the enterprise were owned by Nichols.