YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A detective found dozens of iPhones worth more than $27,000 that were bought with stolen credit card numbers were found during a traffic stop that led to three arrests near the lower level tolls of the George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee police said tonight.
Detective Timothy Cullen also found 52 gift cards – all bearing the stolen numbers on their magnetic strips – that Police Chief Keith Bendul said were used to buy the iPhones at various malls in Pennsylvania. Police also seized $3,800 in cash.
Two women and man, all from Queens, were arrested after Cullen stopped their rented 2014 Chrysler 300 for blowing by his unmarked car just before midnight last Friday, Bendul said.
One of them apparently tried dumping eight additional bogus cards in the back seat of the patrol car, the chief said.
That man, identified as 21-year-old Joley Aristhee, was released on $15,000 bail Monday after two nights in the Bergen County Jail, records show.
The two others were released following their arrests – Kianne Clarke, 24, after posting $10,000 bail and 23-year-old Kristine Lewis after posting $5,000, Bendul said.
All three are charged with identity theft, credit card theft, forgery and receiving stolen property.
Aristhee is additionally charged with hindering apprehension.
“Detectives will be following up on this matter with Pennsylvania law enforcement,” the chief said.
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