Several Residents Report Their Identities Were Stolen: Police

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — This is summary of police activity in the village from April 25 through Tuesday.

Officer Michael Karcher conducted a motor vehicle stop on East Ridgewood Avenue Thursday and discovered the driver had an active warrant for arrest out of Paramus, police said. The warrant was confirmed with the Paramus Police Department and the 46-year-old, female resident of Hawthorne was arrested at the scene, escorted and then turned over to the Paramus Municipal Court, police said.
A Kensington Drive resident responded to Ridgewood Police headquarters Thursday to report identity theft. The victim reported fraudulent credit card accounts were opened in the victim’s name by an unidentified person. The victim reported a Kohl’s credit card was opened in Bluebell, Pennsylvania and $932 was charged to the account, police said. The second fraudulent account was a Sears credit card fraudulently opened at an unknown location and accrued $1,000 in charges. The victim reported the credit bureaus and both credit card companies have been notified of the theft of identity, police said. The victim was provided an identity theft handbook and the case has been assigned to the Ridgewood Detective Bureau.
On Friday, Saddle River police located a 46 year old Waldwick resident who had an active warrant out of Ridgewood Municipal Court for shoplifting, police said. The warrant was confirmed and the man was unable to post the $1,000 bail amount. Sgt. Jay Chuck and Detective Jeffrey Casson responded to the Saddle River Police Department and transported the man to the Bergen County Jail, police said.
On Saturday, a business on Route 17 South reported a theft in progress. Patrol units were dispatched and upon arrival the actor had fled from the business on foot, police said. The business reported two iPhone 7 cellphones were taken from a display case by someone who then fled from the business, police said. Phones were valued at $1,618. The Ridgewood Police Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.
Patrolman Patrick Elwood conducted a motor vehicle stop on North Maple Avenue Sunday and discovered a woman driver had active warrants out for their arrest out of Paterson and Wyckoff, police said. The 31-year-old was arrested on scene and transported to Ridgewood Police headquarters. She posted $500 bail for the Wyckoff warrant and Paterson sent a release on remand notice, which was signed by the arrestee accepting a new court appearance, police said. She was provided a bail receipt and released after two motor vehicle summons were issued for driving while suspended and failure to provide proof of insurance.
On Monday, Patrolmen Shane Broglia and and Michael Karcher were dispatched to the area of Starbucks Coffee on East Ridgewood Avenue for a woman causing a disturbance, police said. The woman was reportedly acting aggressively, police said. Patrol units found her and requested identification. The woman provided a false name and date of birth to the investigating officers, police said. Eventually the woman provided a driver’s license, which revealed multiple active warrants for the 49-year-old, Fair Lawn resident, authorities said. The female was arrested at the scene and transported to headquarters; she was charged with disorderly conduct and hindering apprehension, processed and served with criminal complaints, police said.
A Sheridan Terrace resident responded to headquarters Monday to report identity theft. The victim reported between Jan. 27 and Monday, an unknown person had fictitiously opened a T-Mobile account in his name and charged $839 to the account, police said. The account was discovered when the victim received a letter from a collection agency; the victim reported T-Mobile was notified after the identity theft was discovered and T-Mobile reported additional activity on the account totaling $4,025 in fraudulent charges, police said. The victim reported Equifax credit monitoring service has identified a possible security breach in a payroll account through his company.


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