$1,600-plus fraudulently charged to victim’s credit cards: NPD

A resident was the victim of identity theft — and it cost him nearly $1,600 in the process, the Nutley Police Department said.

On Wednesday, March 9, the resident told police he found two charges on his card to Expedia that he hadn’t made — one for $895 and another for $133. After police investigated, they said they found $600 in additional fraudulent charges on the same credit card.

The victim told police he believes the suspect got his information from pervious online purchases.

Since the investigation, the victim canceled his card account, destroyed his card and was issued a new card.

Police advised the victim to monitor his accounts accordingly.

Meanwhile, the NPD released the following reports of incidents that took place between March 5 and March 11:

March 5

A Weber grill was stolen from a Coppola St. home. The victim told police he’d heard a sound around 12:30 a.m. and believes that’s when the $149 grill was stolen.

March 6

A Centre St. resident reported the theft of six angel statues. They were reportedly taken from the resident’s backyard.

March 7

A Setterthwaite Ave. resident reported his card had been stolen. Police said the vehicle owner noticed the car was gone, but didn’t see any broken glass or debris on his driveway. All keys were accounted for. A local search for the vehicle proved to be futile.

March 8

Headquarters received a report of fraud from a victim who attempted to use his debit card for a purchase and it was declined for insufficient funds. Upon calling the financial institution, the victim told police his account was overdrawn. After checking further, it was discovered fraudulent withdrawals were made from the account totaling $2,897 — and a police report was needed for the frauds department to continue investigating. The victim said he used an ATM machine in the Centre St. area which was checked, insuccessfully, for an electric skimming device.

March 10

Daniel Jones, 22, of Newark, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Washington Ave. Jones, a passenger in the car, wasc charge with possession of marijuana under 50 grams on a ticket, was advised of a court date and released on his own recognizance. The driver of the car got a ticket charging him with obstruction of vision by a windshield and was also released.

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