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>Crime Scene, Middletown:POLICE WRAP UP FRAUDULENT CHECK INVEST WITH THREE ARRESTS

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER

(Middletown NJ) – The Middletown Police Department and the United States Secret Service have concluded their joint investigation into a fraudulent check ring with the arrests of three additional suspects. The investigation began in June of 2010 when First Boston Financial Inc. and Greco Brothers of New Jersey Inc., both sister companies, reported that numerous checks had been fraudulently cashed against their business accounts.

Dfc. Lawrence Hall of the Middletown Police Department conducted a joint investigation with the United States Secret Service which determined that the payments made to Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey by the companies for their employee’s health benefits premiums had been compromised when two employees of Horizon had photocopied the original checks submitted as payment and then gave the copies to other members of the ring.

The information from the copies was then used to produce counterfeit checks which were then cashed. The three additional arrests have brought the number of people charged in the investigation to fourteen.

Police reported the arrests of Shalitha Banks, age 42, from Tiffany Blvd in Newark, NJ, Derricka Thomas, age 35, from Chadwick Avenue Newark, NJ and Aaron Stevens, age 40, from Netherwood Place, also in Newark. Banks and Thomas were employees of Horizon who police say photocopied the checks and provided them to Stevens. Stevens would then use the information form the checks to create fraudulent checks which were then cashed.

Banks and Thomas were each charged with Conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Banks was released on her own recognizance and Thomas was held on $20,000.00 bail with no 10% option. Stevens was charged with Conspiracy to commit theft by deception and Theft by deception. He was held on $100,000.00 bail with no 10% option. Bail on all subjects was set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Police reported that Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield was extremely cooperative throughout the entire investigation.

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>Crime Scene, Middletown: MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING INTO JEWELRY STORE AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT

>PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER


(Middletown NJ) – On January 3, 2011 the Middletown Police received a call in reference to a van stolen out of Edison, NJ which was reported to be in the Middletown area. The van was equipped with a GPS system which was providing the owner of the stolen vehicle with its location which he in turn provided to police.

The van was originally observed by Sgt. Paul Bailey of the Middletown Police Department being operated on Highway 35 travelling in the wrong direction on the highway. Sgt. Bailey pursued the vehicle until Perth Amboy when the pursuit was terminated. The description of the vehicle was then provided to police departments in that area.

While Sgt. Bailey was pursuing the stolen vehicle the Middletown Police Department had received an alarm activation at the Jovi Fine Jewelry Store located on Highway 35 near New Monmouth Road. Upon arrival at the store police discovered that the front glass door had been smashed out and a jewelry case had been damaged and several trays of jewelry had been stolen.

A short time later the Woodbridge Police Department had observed the stolen vehicle being operated in their jurisdiction and initiated a brief pursuit which ended in Newark when the suspect was taken into custody. While arresting the suspect, identified as Eugene Andreola, age 40, from New Brunswick, NJ, the Woodbridge Police Department located the stolen jewelry inside the van.

Andreola was charged by Det. Strohkirch of the Middletown Police Department with Burglary, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Possession of Burglar tools. He was also charged with numerous motor vehicle offenses by Sgt. Bailey for the original pursuit. Andreola was also charged by the Woodbridge Police Department with Possession of stolen property, Eluding, and Resisting arrest. Andreola is being held in the Essex County Jail on $200,000.00 bail.

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