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Franklin Township Police Department, Rewards Youth Academy Graduate

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Police Department just proved good guys don't always finish last.

Like most Central Jersey towns, Franklin Township saw its share of car burglaries in 2017. 

One of the burglaries involved stolen credit cards, and one of the cards stolen was used to buy high-end footgear and other clothing items. The credit card company paid the store for the purchases and forgave the charges. 

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FTPD, Det. Mark Keller was contacted by the credit card company and told to donate the items to a deserving individual. Keller discussed with Franklin High School Resource Officer, Al Burwell, and both men picked Jerijah McCray as the recipient of the donated items. 

"McCray was a graduate of the Franklin Township Police Department’s Youth Academy and continually proves himself as a leader among his peers," Lt. Phil Rizzo said in a news release.

Last year McCray represented his fellow students during many of Franklin Township's Board of Education monthly meetings as a student liaison.

McCray addressing the board and the public during one of last year's meetings:

Editor's note: The video is blurry, but the audio is clear. 

Recently McCray came to police headquarters with his mother Tanya McCray and picked up all his new gear.  

"Ultimately a juvenile and adult were arrested and charged with the burglary, theft and fraudulent use of the credit card," Rizzo said. "This case was truly a win for the good guys."

TAPinto Franklin Township is independently owned and operated by  Malik A. Lyons FHS Class of 93’ Graduate. 

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