BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ A 74-year-old Allen Road resident apparently caught on to an attempt at fraud involving a gift cards that he was asked to buy as a birthday gift for a relative, and managed to cancel the cards before they were used by the fraudster, Bernards police reported in this week's police blotter.
Police said the resident contacted police shortly before 10 a.m. on Aug. 15 to notify the department about the attempted fraud, which follows a number of similar incidents in the township.
Initially, the resident said he had he had received what he believed was an email from an acquaintance asking him to purchase Apple ITunes gift cards for a relative's birthday because the supposed acquaintance was out of the country, according to the police report.
When the resident requested personal information from the acquaintance to verify the requestor's authenticity, the fraudster apparently was able to provide some personal information, thus making his identity appear legitimate, according to police.
Police said the resident was luckily able to determine that the email address from the acquaintance was fraudulent. He then canceled the Apple gift cards before they were actually used by the person who had conducted the scam, according to police.
Police have issued warnings to residents in recent months warning of such fraudulent attempts to persuade residents to make purchases.
Chicken hot wings reportedly thrown in victim's face at 7-11
Police also said that at about 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 15, two Maryland men were arrested following an alleged incident at 7-11 store by the Martinsville Road Exxon station that reportedly involved having one of the men throwing partly eaten hot wings and demanding his money back.
According to the report, a group of males entered the 7-11 convenience store on Martinsville Road and allegedly began to act unruly.
One of the men in the group reportedly purchased a plate of hot wings, left the store and returned later to complain about the food, demanding his money back, township police said.
After being advised that the store would not reimburse him for the eaten food, Dominique Johnson, age 22, of Hagerstown, Maryland, allegedly threw the remnants of the hot wings in the face of a 72-year-old victim and left the store.
Police apparently identified the vehicle the group was travelling in and stopped the 2019 Chrysler silver Minivan with Maryland plates on Rt 78 eastbound, according to the police report.
While questioning the men, officers allegedly smelled the odor of both raw and burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the motor vehicle was conducted and an amount of marijuana of less 50 grams was allegedly located, the report said.
Police said, Jasiah Stubbs, 18, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was placed under arrest for the alleged possession of the marijuana. Dominique Johnson reportedly was charged with disorderly conduct, the police report said. The 72-year-old victim did not receive any injuries from the hot wings, according to the police report.
Also in this week's police blotter:
Police said that at about 9:19 p.m. on Aug. 18, Luis Pantoja, 44, of Ridgefield Park, NJ was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said the man was pulled over after allegedly not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign on Valley Road near Lyons Road. Police also reportedly observed an equipment violation and stopped Pantoja's vehicle on Martinsville Road. In speaking to the man, Officer Severino allegedly smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. After Officer Nicholas Dante arrived on the scene as back up, he was speaking with Pantoja, when the man allegedly handed over under 50 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. He was charged and released, police said.
Police said that at about 8:14 p.m. on Aug. 13, a 23 year old Phillipsburg, man was arrested and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. Francios Abernathy was reportedly stopped by Officer Severino on Interstate 78 westbound for an alleged equipment violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, Severino allegedly smelled the odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search resulted in allegedly finding under 50 grams of marijuana, police said. Abernathy was issued a motor vehicle summons and a criminal summons and released, according to police.