WAYNE, NJ — Wayne police arrested the same man on consecutive days this weekend. After committing his first crime and being released, the suspect went right back at it the next day, and was picked up and charged again. The following account is from a statement released by the Wayne PD.

The First Crime

Late on Saturday afternoon a man left his wallet at the Wendy's on Route 46 in Wayne. It was gone when he went back. When the victim called to freeze his credit cards, he found out that there were recent charges and attempted charges at the Wendy’s, an AT&T store and the Ramada Inn. He immediately called the police.

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“While speaking with officers, the man received an alert that his card was being used at the AMC Theater located on Willowbrook Boulevard,” said Detective Captain Dan Daly of the Wayne PD. “Officers responded there but were unable to locate the suspect who attempted to use the card.”

When officers responded to the Ramada Inn to review security footage, an employee pointed out a man in the parking lot and said he was the one who attempted to use the stolen credit card. The man was questioned and the victim’s credit cards and wallet were found on him.

Daly said that Regino Ferreira (28) of Wayne was charged with Theft, Credit Card Fraud and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. He was later released on a summons in accordance with bail reform guidelines.

The Second Crime

The next day, just before noon, Wayne police officers responded to a report of a burglary at the Ramada Inn.

The victim told police that he had left his room open for a “short time” and when he returned, he saw a man running from his room with items in his hands. The victim yelled out and gave chase, but the suspect got away. When he came back to his room he found that his cell phone and $100 cash was missing.

The Wayne PD were called back in and while the officers were there, the victim used his Find My Phone feature and saw his phone at the 46 Lounge in Totowa.

“Officers responded to the area of the 46 Lounge and found the suspect they had observed on video,” said Daly. “He was found to be in possession of the victim’s phone, which was damaged. The victim was taken to the scene and positively identified the suspect as the male whom he had observed running form his hotel room. Officers confirmed the suspect to be Regino Ferreira.”

Ferreira was charged with Burlgary, Theft and Criminal Mischief. And was, again, released on a summons in accordance with bail reform guidelines.  

The charges against Ferreira are accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.