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Teaneck police grab Craigslist dealer with illegal handguns, large knife

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A man who tried selling a camera on Craigslist called Teaneck police after he was offered a pair of handguns in exchange. Undercover detectives, in turn, arranged a meeting, arrested an Englishtown man and seized several illegal weapons, Police Chief Robert A. Wilson said this afternoon.

Charles “Chupey” Benincasa, 29, was being held on $15,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with a variety of offenses, including trying to sell a defaced handgun.

The concerned resident called police on Friday. The department’s Anti-Crime Unit, headed by Detective Sgt. Kenneth Egbert then arranged to meet the would-be seller in the 7Eleven parking lot at 1247 Teaneck Road that night.

Benincasa pulled up around 10:30 and was taken into custody.

Inside the driver’s door pocket, Wilson said, police found a 12-inch knife.

They also turned up the two handguns, which had been brought to New Jersey from North Carolina, a felony.

Benincasa, who originally is from Charlotte, studied at Brookdale Community College and is unemployed, had a hearing scheduled this afternoon in Teaneck Municipal Court.

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