FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Four family members and two employees of the Everything Wireless convenience store have been indicted by the Somerset County Grand Jury for operating an organized retail theft enterprise, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The Grand Jury charged David Rubin, 61, of Aldeburgh Avenue, Somerset; Lisa Rubin, 54, of Aldeburgh Avenue, Somerset; Sherylee Rubin, 58, of Easton Avenue, Somerset; Batsheva Rubin-Rivera, 24, of Sandford Street, New Brunswick; Andre Watts, 30, of Wilson Street, North Brunswick; and Dunia Patricia Hernandez, 32, of Luis Street, Somerset; with second degree operating an organized retail theft enterprise, second degree receiving stolen property, and second degree fencing by dealing in stolen property, according to Robertson.
David and Lisa Rubin are husband and wife; Sherylee Rubin is David Rubin’s sister, and Betsheva Rubin-Rivera is David Rubin’s daughter, Robertson said.
The Grand Jury separately charged each of the Rubin defendants with the second degree crime of being the leader of the organized retail theft enterprise based on their supervisory role in the operation, and second degree misconduct by a corporate official for operating a New Jersey limited liability business in furtherance of criminal activity, accordng to Robertson.
The Grand Jury also charged David and Lisa Rubin jointly with fourth degree attempted unauthorized use of ATP cards or Food Stamp Program coupons intended exclusively for citizens in need of assistance. Lastly, defendant David Rubin was charged solely with third degree receiving stolen property and third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, known as Tramadol, which had been prescribed to a Cliffside Park woman who is now deceased. Robertson added.
Robertson provided the following details on the seven-month investigation that started in 2018 and led to the arrests and indictments:
Dtectives assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force determined the defendants were knowingly buying stolen merchandise from shoplifters who targeted “big box” stores such as, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Wal*Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and others.
Shoplifters exchanged the stolen merchandise for United States currency at Everything Wireless, a cellular phone and convenience store located on Hamilton Street in Franklin Township. The Indictment alleges that the defendants offered the stolen merchandise for sale to the public - either at Everything Wireless or over an internet site maintained by defendants David and Lisa Rubin.
The investigation culminated in the execution of a Search Warrant on Monday morning, June 4, 2018, at Everything Wireless, by members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force and Crime Scene Investigation Units, Franklin Township Police, law enforcement officers with the New Jersey Division of Taxation and United States Postal Inspector’s Office.
Police were assisted in the execution of that Warrant by loss prevention investigators employed by Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target Stores which yielded the recovery of numerous items of stolen merchandise, records documenting illicit purchases of gift cards, kosher meat, and the Tramadol.
Each of the defendants is currently free on bail; an arraignment on the indictment for all six defendants will likely occur in late-January 2020. Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Murphy has been assigned to represent the State in the criminal litigation. If convicted of any one of the second degree crimes, the defendants are subject to a State Prison sentence between five and ten years.
Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100, 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). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.