YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Javaun Cooper was free on bail after being arrested last month for credit card fraud in Fort Lee when a Wyckoff detective connected him to nearly $2,225 worth of bogus purchases at a Walgreens in town.
Cooper (above) is free again, this time on $10,000 bail, pending a court hearing on the new charges.
Wyckoff Detective Sgt. Joseph Soto was helping Waldwick police locate a man who fled the Walgreens in their town late Monday when the 21-year-old Cooper was arrested.
Soto dug a little deeper, Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox said, and quickly discovered a similar scam at the Walgreens in the Cedar Hill Shopping Center in town several days earlier.
“In that incident, a man had purchased a small amount of items, along with five gift cards valued at $425 each,” Fox said. “He ultimately made a purchase of $2,223 with several different credit cards.”
Checking the store’s video surveillance system, Soto identified Cooper, of Teaneck.
He was arrested soon after and charged with theft, credit card fraud, and wrongful impersonation. As in the Fort Lee case last month, Cooper immediately posted bail and was released pending court action, records show.
(MUGSHOT: Courtesy Wyckoff PD)
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