FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A seven-month investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has resulted in the arrests of six suspects, all charged with operating an organized retail theft ring and knowingly purchasing stolen merchandise for resale at a Hamilton Street storefront and on the Internet, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Those arrested and charged are David Rubin, 59, of Aldeburgh Avenue, Somerset; Lisa Rubin, 54, of Aldeburgh Avenue, Somerset, Sheryllee Rubin, 58, of Easton Avenue, Somerset, Batsheva Rubin-Rivera, 23, of Sandford Street, New Brunswick, Andre Watts, 29, of Wilson Street, North Brunswick, and Dunia Patricia Hernandez, 31 of Luis Street, Somerset, according to Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Franklin Township Chief of Police Richard A. Grammar.
Robertson provided the following details of the investigation:
During their investigation, detectives determined that the defendants were knowingly buying stolen merchandise from shoplifters who targeted stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond and others.
The investigation revealed that the shoplifters exchanged the stolen merchandise for cash at Everything Wireless, at 665 Hamilton St.
The defendants then offered the stolen merchandise for resale to the public, either at Everything Wireless or over the Internet.
On June 4, members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force and Crime Scene Unit, the Franklin Township police and investigators from the state Division of Taxation and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office executed search warrants at Everything Wireless and the residence of Everything Wireless owner, David Rubin.
Police were assisted in the execution of the search warrant by loss prevention investigators from Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target Stores. The search warrant yielded numerous items of suspected stolen retail merchandise, valued in excess of $14,000.
As a result of the investigation, the owners of Everything Wireless, David Rubin and Sheryllee Rubin were arrested and charged with second-degree Leader of an Organized Retail Theft Enterprise and second-degree Leader of Organized Crime Racketeering.
Four employees of Everything Wireless: Lisa Rubin, Rubin-Rivera, Watts, and Hernandez were also arrested and charged with third-degree Receiving Stolen Property and third-degree Dealing in Stolen Property. The defendants were released on their own recognizance pending a Somerset County Superior Court appearance in Somerville.
Robertson requests anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Burglary Task Force Unit at 908-231-7100 or Franklin Township police at 732-873-5533 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.