Man Loses Nearly $12,000 To Internet Scam: Manalapan Police

The weekly Manalapan Police Activity Report shows several cases of fraud as well as shoplifting in some large stores and theft.

Feb 27, 2023 7:51 pm EST | Updated February 27, 2023 7:54 PM EST

MANALAPAN, NJ — Police continue to report instances of fraud and theft in the community.

Here are the latest reports of community police fraud:

A 70-year-old Manalapan resident told police he was scammed out of $11,800 over the internet on February 15. A 55-year-old Manalapan resident reported that on February 20, someone fraudulently withdrew approximately $3,000 from the victim’s bank account. A 38-year-old Manalapan resident told police on February 18 that someone made fraudulent charges totaling about $400 using the victim’s credit card information. A 52-year-old Manalapan resident told police that on February 17 someone stole mail from the mailbox of an Apache Drive apartment and attempted to cash a check for $1,850. The check was intercepted by the bank and the person was unable to cash the check. Two other cases were reported to police in which people attempted to open credit cards or the personal details of a bank account, but no monetary losses were reported.

The Police Department has information on its website on how to protect yourself from identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. It is recommended to check these links for more information:; The Complaints Office for Cybercrime (IC3).

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Here are the thefts and shoplifting cases reported by the police:

Employees at Home Goods, 55 Route 9 in Manalapan, reported that around 10:55 am on February 16, a woman removed approximately $499.99 worth of merchandise from the store. Employees at Best Buy, 15 Route 9 in Manalapan, reported on February 15 that people removed about $1,500 worth of merchandise from the store. A 44-year-old Parlin resident reported that someone broke into an unlocked shed at a Route 9 store on February 15 and took cooking utensils and equipment. The dollar value of the items was unknown at the time of the incident. A 33-year-old Manalapan resident told police his license plate number was stolen from the victim’s vehicle. The time frame of the incident was not known. On February 17, someone broke into the Jewelry Design Gallery at 357 Route 9 in Manalapan and stole goods of unknown value from the store. Patrol Officer Jason Vigneault edited the report, which awaits further investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Manalapan Police Department at 732-446-4300.

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All incidents are investigated by the police.