WARSAW, NY (WIVB) – According to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop in Wyoming County last month found allegedly over $200,000 worth of stolen gold bars.
On July 25, officials said the poles were found during a routine traffic stop on State Route 20A near Toolhouse Road in the city of Warsaw. A search found a backpack full of gold in the front seat of a vehicle driven by 28-year-old Queens resident Jaspreet Singh. The gold was valued at $208,226 and several torn UPS packages with the name of an elderly man from Orchard Park on them were discovered in the back seat.
Singh denied possession of the gold and was released after a traffic stop, officials said.
Upon investigation, it is alleged that Singh contacted the Orchard Park man, who claimed to be from the United States Marshall Service, and demanded payment to avoid arrest. The elderly man is said to have given the gold to Singh at his residence in Orchard Park and the traffic stop came less than an hour later.
Search warrants were also issued for two mobile phones that were in Singh’s possession on the day of the traffic stop, and officers said several videos containing child pornography were found on them.
After officers received information that Singh may be in the Passaic, New Jersey area, he was arrested in Passaic and returned to Wyoming County last Friday. He faces criminal possession of stolen property, possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child under the age of 16 and speeding in the Zone. In addition, the stolen gold bars were secured and will be returned to the owner at a later date.
He’s being held by the Department of Homeland Security.
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