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2 New York cops charged in perfume heist

NEWARK - Two New York City police officers helped carry out a $1 million perfume heist at a New Jersey warehouse last month, acting like bumbling amateurs by using their own IDs to rent trucks that later tied them to the crimes, according to a federal complaint filed Friday.

The two officers, Richard LeBlanca, 25, and Brian Checo, 24, both of New York, were among five suspects who made their initial appearances in federal court Friday. All five, including former NYPD officer Orlando Garcia, 35, of New York, were ordered held without bail.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The heist occurred Feb. 9 at the In Style USA Inc. warehouse in Carlstadt.

Carlstadt police seized two trucks at the scene that had been rented that day in Jersey City by LeBlanca and Checo, who showed the rental agent their New York State driver's licenses, according to the complaint.

LeBlanca and Checo burst into the warehouse and yelled, "NYPD! Hands up!" while waving guns and displaying badges, the complaint said.

Other co-conspirators allegedly helped them tie up about 11 warehouse employees while another group loaded the trucks. - AP

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