Shoplifting, Hit And Run Reported: Glen Rock Police Blotter | #datingscams | #lovescams

GLEN ROCK, NJ — In the past week, three scams, a shoplifting incident, and a hit and run were reported out of Glen Rock. The following information was summarized from records of the Glen Rock Police Department.

July 18: A Glen Rock resident reported that an individual met on the online dating app Tinder persuaded them to invest $1,000 in cryptocurrency. The complainant was told that, through the investment, they would receive back $10,000 within three hours. After beginning to transfer the funds using Bitcoin, they realized this was likely a scam and contacted their bank to cancel the transaction. Information concerning the transaction was forwarded to the detective bureau for review, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said in a news release.

July 19: Police responded to the CVS store in Glen Rock’s central business district for a report from the manager that a man had just shoplifted shampoo, toothpaste, soap and batteries, and then left the store. Police found and arrested the man, identified as Tristian A. Rodas, a 27-year-old from Queens, New York, and charged him with one count of shoplifting. He was released on a summons pending a court appearance, police said.

July 20: A commercial property owner at the 100 block of Valley Road reported at 1:52 p.m. that the lock to a hallway door was damaged and appeared as though someone tried to pry it open to enter the building. An inspection of the area found that none of the interior doors was compromised, and, as of Monday, nothing was found missing from the building, police said.

A Glen Rock resident reported at 8:05 p.m. that an unknown person fraudulently used their identity to order electric service for a Houston, Texas, apartment. The complainant learned about this when they were contacted by a collection agency seeking $358. The agency, as well as the power company, were notified this was a fraud, and the complainant was advised to file a police report to open a fraud case in Texas, police said.

July 22: A Glen Rock resident reported that they were defrauded of $490 through a gift card scam. The complainant recounted that a family member needed a car and found what they thought was a legitimate car rental website. Calling the number provided, the they were told the payment needed to be made via gift cards. The complainant purchased the cards for the family member and provided the numbers over the phone; they learned this was a scam and was concerned about other information provided, including their social security number. The detective bureau is reviewing the information that was provided by the victim, police said.

July 23: A Little Ferry man reported that his parked motorcycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver while in the lot of the Prospect Street stores. Surveillance video, obtained from a nearby business, showed that the vehicle in question appeared to be a grey Nissan Altima. Anyone who witnessed the incident and can identify the vehicle in question is asked to contact the police department at 201-652-3800, police said.

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