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Stolen Vehicle, Reports of Fraud and More from West Orange Police Department

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A blue 2011 BMW 335 was stolen from the front of a residence at Lindsley Avenue sometime between 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 12:25 a.m. on Oct. 17, according to police, who also state that the victim believes he left the vehicle locked with the alarm on.

The female driver of a black 2003 Nissan Pathfinder is a suspect of a shoplifting incident reported at 262 Main Street on Oct. 14. Upon the responding officer’s arrival, the co-manager stated that she witnessed a black female with shoulder-length hair and in her mid-40s enter the store and take six packs of Dove bars of soap ($9.49 each), and one box of Enfamil baby milk ($30.49), totaling $91.42, without paying.

On the same date, a victim of fraud reported that her PNC Visa debit card had been used by some unknown individual after she received an email from Western Union stating that they were “reviewing her transfer” of $658.99.

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Police also responded to Bijou Nail Salon at 454 Pleasant Valley Way on a second report of fraud on Oct. 15, where the owner stated that two unknown male individuals contacted her work phone stating that her PSE&G bill was past due. Police said the owner reported that the suspects wanted her to get a money order and send it to them and continued to push the issue after she explained that her account was on “auto-pay.”

Because the victim does not speak English very well, police said, a customer took the phone and agreed that the unknown actors’ story was unusual. After contacting PSE&G, the company agreed to change her account number and investigate the claims.

A third victim of fraud contacted West Orange police on Oct. 18 with claims that he was contacted by an unknown individual via email on Oct. 5 about the possibility of being employed for a voiceover job. The victim said he believed it possible that this person found him on an acting website he uses to find employment.

According to police, the victim reported that there were multiple emails, calls and texts exchange between himself and the suspect attempting to find a time to meet in person for an audition—eventually agreeing to meet at a location on Main Street in Orange Township.

The victim was instructed to send a money order through MoneyGram to the sound engineer, police said. After withdrawing $1400 from various bank accounts, the victim complied with the instructions. The victim contacted Capital One on reports of theft.

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