UNION, NJ – After a lengthy investigation, Union Police have charged a Paramus man with theft by deception in connection with thefts from the Restaurant Depot in Union, police said Monday.

According to police, patrol officers conducted a preliminary investigation at the Restaurant Depot in April 2016 upon reports from store employees that a person identified as Sanjiv Kumar was involved in suspicious acts at the business.  Kumar purchased over $28,000 in restaurant supply merchandise, but later reported his credit card had been stolen.  Kumar said the thief had used his credit cards to make the purchases.

A Union detective determined that Kumar had used his own credit cards to make purchases from January to April 2016.  To avoid making payments, Kumar reported that someone had stolen his credit cards, according to police. The investigation revealed that the cards were not stolen and that the person in the video making the purchases was Kumar, the account holder.

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Kumar was charged in a criminal complaint with Theft by Deception.  A summons was sent to him and he will have to appear in court.   Kumar is the owner of the Schuyler Diner in Lyndhurst.

Kumar was recently charged by Paramus Police detectives for a similar crime.

Union Police are requesting anyone with information on this investigation to contact call Detective Mirao at 908-851-5030.  Calls will be kept confidential.