Woman gave fake ID before attempting to buy $4,596 of goods at Best Buy in Secaucus


A woman presented a fake ID before attempting to buy $4,596 worth of merchandise at the Best Buy in Secaucus on Saturday evening, police said.

The Best Buy located at 3 Mill Creek Drive in Secaucus. Photo via Google Maps.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Makena Ortiz, 21, of Jersey City, was charged with identity theft, exhibiting a false government document, and forgery, Police Chief Dennis Miller said.

Additionally, Issiah Antoine, 22, of Irvington, was also arrested for a $1,500 outstanding warrant out of Woodbridge and a $500 outstanding warrant out of Millburn.

Ortiz presented a fraudulent New Jersey driver’s license to Best Buy employees and assumed a false identity in the course of trying to purchase a Galaxy Book 3 360, two iPad Pros, and one Macbook with a total value of $4,596, but the transaction was denied, Miller said in an email.

Ortiz was issued her complaint summons and was released from police custody, while Antoine was able to post bail for the warrant issued out of Woodbridge.

The Millburn Police Department then released him on his own recognizance, pending a future court date and he was released from police custody, authorities said.

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