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Clarkstown Police Charge Man In Possession of Stolen Trailer

Jose Deleon-Cotto
Jose Deleon-Cotto Photo Credit: Clarkstown Police Department

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- A Bronx man is facing charges after he was caught driving a rig that had a stolen trailer attached, Clarkstown police said.

Jose Deleon-Cotto, 52, was arrested after being stopped on Middletown Road in Nanuet on Saturday, Feb. 20, police said.

He was initially pulled over -- after he left a new business construction area -- because the trailer attached to the truck he was driving had no brake lights, police said.

However, the arresting officer discovered that the trailer, on which Deleon-Cotto was hauling a mini-excavator, had been stolen from the East Ramapo school district, police said.

The whole rig was towed to a police facility. The trailer was worth an estimated $5,000, police said.

Police said they are trying to determine if the mini-excavator was stolen as well.

Deleon-Cotto was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony; second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony; and numerous traffic infractions, police said.

He was arraigned in Clarkstown Court and held on $15,000 bail, police said.

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