Rutherford Police Arrest Two Men Accused of Using Fake Credit Cards, Committing Identity Theft
Two men were arrested after allegedly stealing credit cards and committing identity theft in Rutherford, New Jersey.
The suspects, a 27-year-old Jersey City man and a 29-year-old Brooklyn NY man, allegedly used several different credit cards to buy pre-paid gift cards at a Rite-Aid Pharmacy located on Park Avenue in Rutherford, NJ.
Rutherford police received a report of suspicious purchases at the pharmacy and began an investigation. Although some of the transactions were approved, other transactions were declined. In a single day, the suspects allegedly bought gift cards valued at more than $7,000.
When one of the suspects returned to the pharmacy a couple of days later and attempted to buy more $100 gift cards, the store manager contacted local police. The suspect reportedly began to use a credit card to make a purchase but quickly changed his mind when he saw a police officer inside the store.
At the same time, the other suspect allegedly tried to buy more pre-paid gift cards at another cash register inside the store but fled the scene in a Jeep when police arrived.
A Rutherford police officer pulled over the suspect’s vehicle a few blocks away and questioned him. The suspect reportedly told the officer that he was on his way to visit a friend. However, the suspect was unable to provide the officer with an address for his friend.
Meanwhile, the other suspect was located and arrested at a business near the pharmacy.
When the suspects were placed under arrest, they were allegedly carrying 15 fake credit cards between them. Additionally, Rutherford police reportedly discovered “numerous” Visa gift cards inside the suspects’ Jeep.
After being arrested and processed, the suspects were taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. The suspects are being held at the jail in lieu of separate $50,000 bail amounts.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “2 Face Credit Card, Identity Theft Charges in Rutherford.”