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Auto Theft Charges Filed Against Teen Jailed for Robbery of Ridgewood Teen

Cops say state police video linked Daniel Chaupiz, 20, to a Jeep stolen in 2011. Chaupiz is still incarcerated for his alleged involvement in the beating of a 19-year-old Ridgewood man earlier this year.

Legal problems are continuing to mount for a in July.

Wyckoff police say a persistent year-long investigation has connected 20-year-old township resident Daniel Chaupiz to a Jeep stolen last September.

According to Wyckoff police, an "extensive investigation" revealed that Chaupiz, of Crescent Avenue, in 2011 stole a Harvey Court resident's Jeep several days before it was reported stolen. 

Detective Sgt. Joseph Soto, working in cooperation with the New Jersey State Police, used state officials' computer records to find that the Jeep had been stopped by the State Police on Route 80 for careless driving on Sept. 3, 2011, two days before the vehicle was reported stolen.

Records and video evidence showed that the driver of the vehicle was Daniel Chaupiz, Wyckoff police claim.

The vehicle was recovered some time later after it was found abandoned in Sussex County, Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox said. Soto made the arrest on Aug. 29, according to Fox.

Chaupiz was charged by state police with possession of stolen property.

He was served with the complaint while in jail for his alleged involvement in the disturbing beating of a 19-year-old Ridgewood man in July.

Wyckoff police claim Chaupiz's girlfriend, , lured the Ridgewood teen, her former boyfriend, to a Wyckoff school yard where Chaupiz and beat him with bats and pipes.

The four are facing armed robbery charges for the alleged incident.

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No One September 05, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I'm amazed they thought they would be able to get away with this.
Isabel September 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
What a winner...He looks so dashingly arrogant AND ignorant. Please keep him and those just like him off our streets and away from our kids!!
Ridgewooder September 05, 2012 at 07:59 PM
He should be locked away. FOREVER.
No One September 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Isn't that a bit much...
RB September 05, 2012 at 08:04 PM
This guy is going to be trouble for the rest of his life. What a loser.
Ridgewooder September 06, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I don't think so.
bcpac September 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Daniel knows how to be a good person and he is innocent until proven guilty of all charges. Margo's photo was taken at an inopportune time. No one should take the law into their own hands and no one should pass judgement on a person's entire life for an error in judgement. However, the guy apparently "raped" and beat Margo when they were teenagers. Daniel is not a life-long criminal and please be courteous in your comments.

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