Four individuals have been arrested in a circuitous case full of twists and turns of two alleged incidents of credit card fraud.
Late last week, the wallets of two employees at the Best Tile East Brunswick on Route 18 were allegedly stolen after a customer, later identified as 30-year-old Deisha Bennett, of Brooklyn, had asked the employees for help in the corner of the store, according to a statement by police.
While the employees were distracted, a man later identified as 27-year-old Travis Haynes, also of Brooklyn, then allegedly stole the wallets out of the employees’ purses.
A short time later, police were alerted that the victim’s credit cards had been used at the Best Buy in East Brunswick. However, when police arrived the two suspects had already fled in a silver Ford with a Texas registration.
In an odd twist, however, police then apprehended two different individuals at the Best buy who were “attempting to fraudulently use credit cards” in the store, the statement said.
Those individuals, 31-year-old Kwane Dower and 23-year-old Jeffrey Hunt, both of Brooklyn, had attempted to purchase roughly $1,400 worth of merchandise each.
Dower and Hunt were taken into custody and charged with theft of credit cards, fraudulent use of credit cards and identity theft, according to officials. Their bail was set at $10,000 with a ten percent option on each. Hunt posted bail while Dower was taken to the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in lieu of bail.
Sometime later, one of the employees from the Best Tile East Brunswick contacted authorities after receiving an alert “that her credit card was just used at the Target on Ryders Lane in Milltown” — at which point Milltown police were notified and responded to the scene.
When authorities arrived, they found the two original suspects, Bennett and Haynes, leaving the Target, and the two fled on foot toward the Brunswick Grove on Milltown Road.
Police ultimately apprehended Bennett and Haynes and took them into custody.
They were found in possession of the credit cards of both Best Tile employees. They were charged with theft of credit cards, fraudulent use of credit cards and identity theft.
Their bail was set at $7,500 and they were taken to the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in lieu of bail.