Brooklyn Man Busted With Bogus Gift Cards

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LINDEN – Police arrested a Brooklyn man who allegedly attempted to use a stolen credit card at a Linden store on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Carl Dwight Williams, 30, allegedly tried to purchase an XBox  360 video game system at WalMart on West Edgar Road using a gift card with an altered account number. When the card was declined, a WalMart employee asked to see his identification and Williams fled the store, according to police.

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Police responded to the store at 3:03 p.m. on April 18. Officer James Carter pursued the suspect, who was driving a red 2001 Jaguar S-type with Virginia license plates south on Routes 1&9 at a high rate of speed.

Carter was able to pull Williams over in Woodbridge Township, authorities said. Williams had 16 gift cards from Visa, American Express and Toys R Us, which are also suspected to be stolen or counterfeit, police said.

Williams was charged with with credit card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and theft by deception. Police said that after Williams was placed under arrest and put in a patrol vehicle, he kicked the rear window with his foot damaging the window frame resulting in an additional charge of criminal mischief.

Bail was set at $13,826, which included a New Brunswick contempt warrant, authorities said. Williams is due in court on April 23.


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