SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – A borough resident has been charged with Identity Theft following a month-long investigation that began with a traffic stop, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Sherman Martin, 26 of Swing Bridge Lane has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree identity theft and two counts of 3rd degree identity theft, as well as several disorderly persons offenses. He was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. Additional charges may be pending, according to Robertson.
The investigation began in July after police stopped Martin in his car and determined he was using a stolen identity and a vehicle registered under that stolen identity, Robertson said. An investigation followed and on Aug. 22, police executed a search warrant at Martin's residence and confiscated several different items, according to Robertson.
Martin was arrested without incident. Malcolm Perce of Paterson, who was present during the search, was arrested after being found to have outstanding warrants.
Robertson requests anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100, the South Bound Brook Police Department at (732) 356-0087 or via the STOPit app. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is utilizing the STOPit app as a platform to allow concerned citizens to provide information about crimes occurring in Somerset County. This app is completely anonymous and users are able to “chat” in real time with law enforcement, as well as send images and videos about crime.
The app also has a Get Help section that provides phone numbers and links to important resources available in Somerset County. The STOPit app can be downloaded to your smartphone 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). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.