ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: Galsun Khudaynatov of Fort Lee is out of the jewelry business in Englewood after pleading guilty to buying stolen goods without checking identification or recording the transactions.
Conditions of his plea include not trying to re-open a jewelry business in the city and not pursuing a license renewal to buy used jewelry. He also had to pay a $1,000 fine.
Authorities shut down Khudaynatov’s Golden Chocolate shop after a major citywide anti-crime sweep led to an October raid on the store.
“Golden Chocolate’s name had emerged as a dumping ground for stolen jewelry in some very serious investigations we were conducting throughout the city,” Detective Lt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
The raid on the shop showed that city detectives have “zero tolerance” for wrongdoing and “aggressively monitor” jewelry stores that purchase and pawn jewelry from the public — including running frequent integrity tests using undercover officers — the lieutenant added.
Khudaynatov, in turn, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court last week to violating four city ordinances.
One of them involved buying hot bling from Richard Holmes, an accused mugger who police described as a one-man crime spree.
Holmes, 19, of Englewood, is a spree of holdups and chain snatchings in and around the central business district from late June through mid-July last year.
The victims included a mother who had a $700 chain yanked from her neck while walking with her three children — ages 3, 5 and four months – and a 70-year-old who lost a 18K gold necklace valued at nearly $2,000 after getting punched and knocked to the ground.
Holmes was being held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on a host of charges.
Englewood Detective Barry Miller already was eyeing him for an unrelated theft in May that led to the recovery of several hundred dollars worth of pawned jewelry. At the same time, Englewood Detective Santiago Incle had pegged Holmes for a burglary and theft on Englewood’s west side, also in May, that involved a laptop and jewelry.
Three months later, city police launched a major strike, rounding up dozens of people on a variety of charges involving, guns, drugs, robberies and thefts (SEE: Englewood anti-drug sweep nabs woman selling Ecstasy from ice cream stand, 17 others ).
Some of the people arrested had been seen in a playground near King Gardens, “no more than 100 feet from the front door of the police department,” brandishing handguns in front of children, Englewood Police Chief Arthur O’Keefe said.
After area residents complained, detectives and street officers collected valuable information that led to several arrests, including those of people who O’Keefe said were selling drugs from their King Gardens apartments.
Investigators seized a sawed-off shotgun with a pistol grip, a 9mm semi-automatic, a .25-caliber revolver and a bag of ammunition for each weapon while arresting a man who they said fired a shot into someone’s car.
Englewood police worked with detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office from July through September, dedicating “significant time and manpower to systematically target criminal offenders currently operating in Englewood and the surrounding towns,” O’Keefe said.
They “used intelligence gathered from confidential informants, police observations and the community to compile a list of individuals while accurately identifying their illegal behavior,” he added.
One of their prime targets, Akeem Boone, eluded them at first. But they quickly caught up to him.
Boone has been described as the last ringleader of what remained of the infamous James Bond Gang.
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