On September 13th at 10:49 a.m. police arrested Mohamed Elsiad, 23 years old of Brooklyn, NY, on charges of Receiving Stolen Property and Altering a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle stop inside the Manheim auto auction on August 21st when a motorcycle was stopped for traveling at an excessive rate of speed on Route 68. Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver, identified as Omar Elswedy, 22 years old of Cherry Hill, was unable to provide any documentation on the motorcycle. At the scene, officers were unable to decipher the VIN and subsequently impounded the cycle until it was determined who the owner was. Elswedy told police he was test driving the cycle and named Mohamed Elsiad as the vehicle owner. Once Elsiad arrived to speak to police, Elswedy was issued numerous motor vehicle summonses and released pending court.
Subsequent investigation and assistance provided by the New Jersey State Police Auto Unit revealed that the motorcycle’s VIN had been altered and the cycle was stolen out of New York. As a result, Elsiad was charged with possessing the stolen vehicle and with possessing a vehicle with an altered VIN. He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.