Three Brooklyn men eluded Port Authority police on Tuesday after getting caught committing credit card fraud at the Jersey City BJ’s Wholesale, with cops eventually discovering $18,500 in stolen credit and gift cards, officials said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Sean Harris, 22, Tyler Griffen, 22, and Conrad Manoyrine, 30, all of Brooklyn, were charged with forgery, possession of stolen property, eluding police and resisting arrest, according to Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo.
At about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Port Authority police stationed at the Holland Tunnel entrance in Jersey City were informed by a motorist that he was following a vehicle that had just left BJ’s Wholesale after the occupants had committed credit card fraud at the store, authorities said.
The vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Charger was occupied by Harris, Griffen and Manoyrine. Port Authority police pulled the vehicle over and the driver handed the officer a driver’s license, which was later found the be in a fictitious name, police said.
After handing the officer the license, the vehicle sped away from the officer and into the Holland Tunnel. Traffic was stopped briefly and Port Authority police intercepted their car on the New York side of the tunnel, police said.
The officers ordered the occupants out of the vehicle and the driver, Harris, was found to be in possession of small bag of marijuana in his pocket, officials said.
A second suspect, Griffin, was found to have approximately 20 gift cards on his person in a range of values, as well as green debit card in his shirt pocket, authorities said.
Furthermore, two plastic bags containing numerous gift cards were found on the floor and back seat of the car, in addition to a small bag of marijuana that was found on the passenger side door, police said.
Harris and Griffin along with a third suspect, Manoyrine, were then placed under arrest.
Upon investigation, police discovered the New York driver’s license that Harris had initially handed the officer was false. The photograph did not match the suspect and after further investigation, the suspect knew neither the date of birth nor address listed on that license, police said.
Harris’s true name, age and address was later confirmed through fingerprints. All of the gift cards were removed from the plastic bags:
31 MasterCards valued at $50 each 1550
8 MasterCards valued at $200 each 1600
30 Visa cards valued at $25 each
73 Visa cards valued at $200 each
Totaling $18,500 in gift cards, plus 2 fraudulent credit cards were recovered.