POHATCONG — There may be evidence of an ongoing scam in the parking lots of grocery stores and supermarkets in Warren County, according to police responding to the latest such incident on Thursday.
Pohatcong Township Police Department said on facebook that one of its agents was dispatched to the parking lot of Aldi to speak with an elderly victim who claimed her wallet had been stolen – but it did not happen outside that store.
Instead, the woman told police she was in her vehicle outside the ShopRite in nearby Greenwich Township earlier on Thursday when she was approached by someone she described as a hispanic man.
Police said the woman told them the man showed her lug nuts from a vehicle tire and explained, in broken English, that the pieces had come loose from his car.
When she rolled down her window, according to the inquest, the man took her wallet and fled on foot.
Pohatcong police say they have seen “several similar cases” this year which are “very alarming” and have already made one arrest.
Police Chief Scott Robb confirmed in an email to New Jersey 101.5 that the arrest stemmed from an incident about a month ago at the Pohatcong Stop & Shop.
Police say all of the encounters involved a Hispanic male, and the police department said it will release photos soon.
Anyone with further information is urged to contact the authorities.
Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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