A Nutley resident’s credit card was used to make several purchases in Massachusetts, including at a Target just outside Boston’s Fenway Park, the Nutley Police Department said.
At the Fenway Target, one purchase was made for $1,665; at another Target in Massachusetts, four purchases were made totaling $3,657; at a Family Dollar, one purchase was made for $106.21; and at a Walgreens, one purchase for $521 was made.
Police said the account used to make these fraudulent purchases has since been canceled. The victim said he needed to file a police report so the credit card company could begin a fraud investigation.
Meanwhile, the NPD released the following reports of incidents that took place between Jan. 9 and Jan 14:
• Michael Rivera, 48, of Belleville, was arrested on Franklin Ave. for an outstanding Caldwell warrant. Police said they learned of Rivera’s warrant after pulling him over for driving in a car with an obstructed windshield. Rivera posted bail on the warrant and was later released, the NPD said.
• Karee Houser, 19, of Newark, was arrested on Washington Ave. on two outstanding warrants, one from Newark, the other from East Orange. Police said they’d pulled Houser over when they discovered he was driving on a suspended probationary driver’s license. He was released on his own recognizance, pending new court dates.
Yet another town resident fell victim to identity theft, police said. In this case, someone opened three credit cards in the victim’s name and made charges totaling $23,700. The victim learned of the charges after his bank called him to verify whether he’d asked for a credit-limit increase.
A resident found a bag containing a controlled-dangerous substance on Bloomfield Ave. and reported it to police. Police said the bag contained two grams of suspected pot. The bag was entered into evidence after being confiscated, the NPD said.
An employee at a Bloomfield Ave. business’ iPhone was stolen from a company restroom, the NPD said. The employee told police he’d gone to the bathroom, but left the phone there after he finished his business. The victim said he’d seen a tall, thin black man wearing a Giants sweatshirt, jeans and black boots go into the bathroom after he had. But, after checking for the phone later, it was gone.
• A suspicious incident was reported to police about several phone calls received from someone apparently trying to commit fraud. The victim said a man called from a restricted line and told him he would send a check for $2,000. The victim would then cash the check and send back $1,600 to India via Western Union with a message: “I am sending this money to my friend for personal use.” The man told the victim to call back and say, “I’m back” once the money was sent. The victim said he was aware this was a scam and didn’t provide any personal information. He also declined being entered into a database as an identity-theft victim.
• Lida Jumboflores, 35, of Newark, was arrested on Centre St. on an outstanding Newark warrant, the NPD said. Jumboflores had initially been pulled over for delaying traffic, police said. Jumboflores posted bail on the warrant and was released, pending court.
Dino O’Leary, 48, of Bayonne, was arrested on Passaic Ave. on an outstanding Bayonne warrant, the NPD said. O’Leary was released into the custody of a Bayonne police officer, who came to Nutley to pick him up.
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