NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two suspects have been arrested and charged in the theft of over $250,000 and personal identifying information from at least 50 victims, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone.
The suspects, identified as Shemar Rogers, 22 and Tariah Darby, also 22, both of New Brunswick. were arrested Tuesday and charged following a six-week investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit with the assistance of the Highland Park Police Department, the New Brunswick Police Department, the Toms River Police Department, the Wall Police Department, the West Hartford Police Department in Connecticut, the Salisbury Police Department in Maryland, Homeland Security Investigation – Newark Field Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Edison, New Jersey, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rogers has been charged with first degree Promoting Organized Street Crime, Theft by Deception, Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception, Money Laundering, Identity Theft, and Trafficking in Personal Identity Information; all second-degree crimes.
Darby has been charged with second degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception and third-degree Money Laundering.
On Tuesday, a court-ordered search of their residence at the Quincy Apartments, located in New Brunswick, resulted in detectives seizing cash, jewelry, merchandise purchased with victims’ funds, and a 2020 BMW 430i all with a total value in excess of $250,000.
Law Enforcement also seized a handgun, 12 rounds of ammunition in the weapon, 1 loose round of hollow point ammunition, checks issued in other names, a New York driver’s license in another name, and a money counter.
Previously, five other arrests were made during this ongoing investigation. On Feb.16, Saleeya Saldana, 18, and Ronald Wallace, 57, both of New York were arrested and charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception; both third degree crimes.
In addition, on Feb. 25, Isiah Oree, 29 and Daquan Kinloch 25, both of South Carolina and Shemar Rogers were arrested and charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception; both third degree crimes.
The investigation is active and continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4335.