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Madison Police Investigating Numerous Cases of Credit Card Fraud

On February 13, 2013 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Ptl Stephanie Corrao arrested 23 year old Matthew Dudley of Chatham, NJ. Dudley responded to police headquarters after being notified of an active warrant for violating a court order. He was arrested on the strength of the Madison warrant in the amount of $20,000. Dudley was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. A court appearance is pending.

On February 16, 2013 at approximately 3:00 a.mm, Ptl Chad Rybka arrested 27 year old Jason Schaeffer of Summit, NJ. While patrolling State Highway 24, Rybka stopped Schaeffer’s vehicle for allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed. During his investigation, Rybka detected an odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Schaeffer’s breath. Rybka had Schaeffer perform field sobriety tests. The investigation determined that Schaeffer was allegedly operating his vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Rybka’s investigation also revealed that Schaeffer’s driver’s license was suspended. Schaeffer was charged with driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, operating while suspended, speeding, and reckless driving. He was released to a friend and awaits a court appearance.

On February 16, 2013 at approximately 4:30 a.m., an unknown individual entered the Quick Chek food store located on Main Street in Madison. The individual proceeded to the check out counter which was unattended at the time. The suspect then reached over the counter and pressed the touch screen of the register, ultimately gaining entry to the register and taking $100 cash. Surveillance video was reviewed by the Madison Police detective bureau. The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, about 5’6-5’8 in height. He was wearing a zip up hooded sweatshirt with white lettering across the chest, blue jeans, and white sneakers. Anyone having information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Ken Shannon at 973-593-3004.

On February 17, 2013 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Ptl Chad Rybka arrested 21 year old Oliver Watson of Boston, Ma. Rybka was detailed to Drew University on report of a student in custody for CDS violations. Drew Public Safety reportedly detected the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from Watson’s vehicle while he was passing through the guard gate. According to Drew Public Safety officers, Watson was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Rybka took custody of Watson and transported him to headquarters for processing. Watson was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court appearance.

The Madison Police Department Detective Bureau is investigating an attempted robbery at a money transfer store on Cook Ave. On Thursday February 21, 2013 at approximately 11:46hrs, an unknown individual entered the store and displayed a silver handgun demanding money. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, wearing a tan jacket over a dark “Nike” hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes. The suspect also had dark gloves on. The suspect fled on foot heading towards Main Street through the Cook Ave. alley way. A female accomplice entered the store prior to the male suspect and engaged in conversation with the victim. The female accomplice is described as Hispanic 5ft 5in, possibly in her 40s wearing a dark coat, dark hat, pink gloves, carrying a pocketbook with floral print. Anyone with information can contact Detective Lieutenant Dennis Lam at 973-593-3012.

The Madison Police Department is investigating a theft from the Madison YMCA which occurred on February 22, 2013. The victim placed her belongings in a cubby while she used the facility. When the victim returned to the cubby to retrieve her items they were gone. The following items were taken: one gray Ocean City pullover sweatshirt, a key chain with a single vehicle key, and a small black and white zipper wallet. The investigation has been turned over to the Madison Police Detective Bureau. Anyone having information regarding this theft is asked to contact the police department, 973-593-3000.

The Madison Police Department is investigating numerous cases of credit card fraud. In each case, the victim’s were still in possession of their credit/debit cards. It is believed that each victim’s credit card information was obtained via a skimmer or a Radio-frequency identification (RFID) device. The Madison Police urges individuals to be aware of skimming devices at ATM locations and to invest in a RFID blocking sleeve for their credit cards while the cards are stored in their wallets.

The following are some of the calls for service that the Madison Police Department handled during the past two weeks: 20 Motor Vehicle Crashes, 50 Medical Calls, 35 Alarm Calls, 5 Animal Complaints, 14 Assist Citizen Calls, 9 Motor Vehicle Lockouts, and 8 Calls to assist another Police Agency.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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