A complaint was unsealed Wednesday charging four defendants with participating in a scheme to steal, transport, and sell a shipment of approximately 1,200 computers, valued at over $1 million, that were bound for two public high schools in New Jersey. All four defendants were arrested in White Plains federal court Wednesday.
According to court document, the actual crime happened in Danbury, but that's not the story that police were initially told.
In January of last year, shipping company driver Anton Saljanin drove a truck from Yorktown Heights to a technology company located in Massachusetts to pick up the shipment of MacBook Air computers. Saljanin brought his brother, Gjon Saljanin, with him.
The next morning, Anton Saljanin reported to police that the truck had been stolen from a parking lot located in Yorktown Heights. Later that day, he told Police that he had been driving around looking for the truck when he happened to spot it from the highway in a parking lot in Danbury. Authorities say the truck would not have been visible in the Danbury parking lot to a driver passing by on the highway. Cell site data for the man's cellphone contradicts his claims about the route he took to look for the truck.
Police detectives examined the truck and found that a window had been broken. Detectives found broken glass in the Danbury parking lot but found no broken glass in the Yorktown Heights parking lot, suggesting that the window had been broken in Danbury and not in New York where Saljanin said it had been stolen.
Security camera footage from various locations in Yorktown Heights shows that a truck matching the description departed from the brothers claimed route, and went to one of their friend's home. Authorities say the footage lapses show the brothers travelled to Ujka Vulaj's home, unloaded the computers and returned to the Yorktown Heights parking lot.
Vulaj and a co-worker, Carlos Caceres, sold at least dozens of Apple MacBook Air computers for far below the market price, and handed over each computer in plain brown cardboard packaging.
All four men were charged with conspiring to commit theft from an interstate shipment, interstate transportation of stolen property, and receipt, possession, and sale of stolen property. The brothers and their friend were also charged with stealing property with a value of at least $1,000 from an interstate shipment, aiding and abetting such theft, transporting in interstate commerce stolen property with a value of at least $5,000, and aiding and abetting such transport. Vulaj and Caceres were charged with receiving, possessing, and selling stolen property with a value of at least $5,000, and aiding and abetting such receipt, possession, and sale.