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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Stolen phone arrest in Franklin uncovers account scam

Chief Gregory M. Cugliari announces the arrest of four individuals for theft, fraud, and several narcotics offenses which occurred on March 7, 2019 following a reported theft at the Verizon Store in Franklin, NJ.

On 3/11/19 at approximately 5:00 PM, the Franklin Borough Police department was dispatched to 109 Route 23 South, Verizon Wireless, for the report of a theft of a cellphone.

Verizon store employees reported that the suspect left in a white vehicle/van. Verizon employees further explained that two males had attempted to open a fraudulent Verizon accounts. The employee explained that when he looked away the suspects fled the store with a cell phone and other merchandise.

Local police observed the suspect’s vehicle on Franklin Ave traveling toward State Highway Route 23. Franklin patrols responded to Route 23 North at the Hardyston School and made contact with the vehicle. Upon Franklin Police / Detectives arrival, passengers were observed with narcotics visible on their faces, pants, and shirts as well as a hypodermic needle exposed in the vehicle.

Located within the vehicle were heroin, needles, and assorted drug paraphernalia. Also located were the iPhone, earbuds, and a Mophe charging case stolen from the Verizon store in Franklin NJ. Also located within the vehicle were items found to be purchased fraudulently: 2 iPhones and an iPad from Washington, NJ, an Apple iWatch from PA, an Apple iWatch from Fort Lee, NJ. Also recovered stolen were an Audiomod case, a Motorola commercial QR scanner, Yeezy Sneakers, Gucci Shirt, Versace sneakers, Ultimate speakers, and an American Express gift card, all from unknown retailers and locations. Also located were 9 fraudulent credit cards with different names and aliases as well as two Texas Drivers Licenses bearing Joesph Owens’ and Ryan Slavico’s faces with different names. The recovered stolen merchandise was valued at over $7,000.00.

Joseph Owens, 34, of the Bronx, NY, formerly of Buena, NJ, was charged with multiple narcotic offenses, theft, possession of stolen property, several fraudulent credit card offenses, and false government documents or identification. Mr. Owens was also found to have a Superior Court Warrant from Atlantic County. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending his appearance in Central Judicial Processing.

Ryan Slavico, 21, of the Bronx, NY, formerly of Atlantic City, NJ, was charged with multiple narcotic offenses, theft, possession of stolen property, several fraudulent credit card offenses, and false government documents or identification. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending his appearance in Central Judicial Processing.

Dominique Carney, 22, of the Bronx formerly of Vineland NJ was charged with multiple narcotic offenses, theft, and possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit several fraudulent credit card offenses. Ms. Carney was found to be hiding additional heroin in a body cavity later during the investigation. Ms. Carney was found to be wanted in Vineland, NJ and Seabrook, NJ with several warrants. She was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending her appearance in Central Judicial Processing.

Randolph Millington, 33, of Brooklyn NY was charged with multiple narcotic offenses, theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit several fraudulent credit card offenses. He was also issued a motor vehicle summons for possession of narcotics in a motor vehicle. He was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending his appearance in Central Judicial Processing.

The investigation is ongoing.

The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.


Read about it in the NJ HERALD
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