In less than 18 months, a 19-year-old probationer arrested by Hackensack police on counterfeiting charges has amassed a long criminal record, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has found.
Hackensack police recovered nearly $1,500 in counterfeit $20 bills after chasing down Kareem Ashad Williams, who they said was shredding them in an effort to avoid being detected.
Officers were staking out the Gibbs’ home on Kotte Place when he came out, spotted them and ran, Detective Capt. Thomas Salcedo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. Gibbs tried ducking through a nearby car wash and gas station but was quickly caught, the captain said.
He already was wanted on two outstanding warrants, one from Hackensack and the other from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department, Salcedo said. Police obtained a search warrant and turned up $200-$300, most of it shredded, at Gibb’s home, Salcedo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Also found in the house were a laptop and printer cartridge believed used in making the phony money, he said. “He obviously knew we were looking for him,” the captain said.
There was also a surprising discovery – illegal hollow-nosed bullets, Salcedo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Yesterday morning, police got a call from a car wash employee, the captain said: Someone found a bag with more than $1,200 worth of shredded bills inside stashed in a corner.
“He’d obviously hid it there,” Salcedo said.
“It looks real,” the captain told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. “But when you feel it, it’s the texture of copy paper…. We’re literally piecing the money back together to see how much it adds up to. We’re thinking it’s about 15 hundred dollars.”
Also found were gift cards believed bought with the phony money, he said.
Hackensack police knew Gibbs well. He served three weeks in the Bergen County Jail and was put on probation after being convicted of resisting arrest after he tried to run from their officers in February, records show.
Until Tuesday, it was the last time Gibbs was arrested. But criminal records from Bergen County show several priors, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has found. READ MORE….