YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Englewood police arrested five people — including a brother and sister — and were seeking a sixth following a chain of events that began with the brutal mugging of a Chinese food deliveryman and ended with the seizure of $140,000 worth of stolen makeup removal wipes.
The 40-year-old victim was lured Sunday night to a closed West Forest Avenue business, where he was set upon by several men, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
“He took a pretty good beating,” Torell said. “He was punched, kicked, stomped and choked. They took between two and three hundred dollars that he was carrying.”
Despite his ordeal, the driver flagged down a passing city police officer, who saw the thugs run into an Epps Avenue residence.
Backups arrived, surrounded the house and took four people inside into custody.
Kavon Major, Andre Chance and Ghanore Gnegbo, all 22 and from Englewood, were charged with robbery.
Andre Chance’s sister, 23-year-old Chanel Chance, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Union Township. Her brother was also wanted out of Atlantic City, Torell said.
Detectives had been searching for Gnegbo in connection with a September 2013 residential burglary in Englewood’s 4th Ward in which two televisions and several bottles of liquor were taken.
DNA evidence linked Gnegbo to the scene, Torell said.
“That alone would have been a good day’s work for our officers,” the captain said of the busts.
However, during the arrests police found hundreds of stolen boxes of Aveeno make-up remover wipes “jammed into almost every room in the small house,” he said.
“The conditions in the home were deplorable,” Torell said. “The Englewood Fire Department, Health Department and Code Enforcement were all notified.”
Johnson & Johnson provided a tractor-trailer and crew to help remove, count and store the 2,900 boxes, valued at $48 each.
“That’s a lot of clean faces,” Torell said.
The boxes had been diverted during a cargo theft from a facility in the Nyack/Clarkstown area, detectives discovered.
With the assistance of the Franklin Police Department in Somerset County, authorities arrested 48-year-old Englewood truck driver Gary Caviness on Tuesday after he showed up there with some of the stolen products found in the house in an 18-wheeler, Torell said.
Caviness was brought back to Englewood, whree he was charged with receiving stolen property and sent to the Bergen County Jail on $50,000 bail. He, too, had an unrelated warrant for his arrest, this one out of Englewood, Torell said.
The Chances, along with Gnego and Major, all were charged with receiving stolen property.
Being sought on the same charge was 35-year-old Michael Ratliff of Englewood.
More arrests are possible, Torell said.
Gary Caviness: $50,000
Chanel Chance: $52,500
Andre Chance: $100,000
Kavon Major: $100,000
Ghanore Gnegbo: $115,000
TOP PHOTOS: Ghanore Gnegbo (left), Andre Chance
Kavon Major, Chanel Chance
MUGSHOTS: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD