Three people from out of state were charged with using a stolen credit card, possibly belonging to a man from Oregon, to buy a takeout meal from a Hoboken restaurant, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Isaiah Baptiste, 20, of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, along with Kaya Findlay 20, Jason Palmer 18, both of Brooklyn, New York, were charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, credit card theft, identity theft, theft by deception, uttering, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, and committing an unauthorized act during a state of emergency, according to Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
On Friday at around 6:39 p.m., Del Frisco’s Grille told the Hoboken Police Department that an order had been placed over the phone utilizing a fraudulent credit card.
Management reported that after the credit card transaction was approved and then they received a call from a male from Oregon. The man, claiming to be a victim of credit card fraud, stated that he received an alert from his bank of a transaction at their restaurant that he did not approve.
Dets. Michael Losurdo, Adam Colon, and Fabian Quinones were notified of the complaint and responded. When the detectives arrived, they learned the order was not picked up.
Along with uniform patrol under the command of Lt. Ranaldo Gonzalez, the detectives conducted an investigation and waited for the order to be picked up. At about 7:24 p.m., a man, later identified as Baptiste, entered Del Frisco’s and attempted to pick up the order made with the victimâ€™s credit card.
Baptiste was stopped for investigation. Prior to being stopped, Baptiste was observed operating and pulling up to Del Frisco’s in a black Mercedes-Benz with two male passengers.
The passengers, Findlay and Palmer, were also stopped for investigation. The investigation conducted by the above listed detectives and uniform patrol led to the arrest of all three parties, police said.