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South Bound Brook resident arrested and charged with identity theft

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, NJ

Post Date:09/10/2019 2:00 PM

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, South Bound Brook Chief of Police Jeffrey Titus, and Bound Brook Chief of Police Vito Bet announced the arrest of Sherman Martin, age 26 of Swing Bridge Lane, South Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated on August 22, 2019, after an approximately month-long investigation into identity theft and fraud, the South Bound Brook Department, with the assistance of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Bound Brook Police Department, executed a Superior Court-issued search warrant at defendant Martin’s Swing Bridge Lane residence. The investigation began after the South Bound Brook Police Department encountered defendant Martin during a motor vehicle stop and determined he was using a stolen identity and a vehicle registered under that stolen identity. As a result of the search warrant execution, various items of evidence were seized. Defendant Martin was subsequently arrested without incident. An additional male present during the search warrant execution, Malcolm Pierce of Paterson, New Jersey, was arrested after being found to have outstanding warrants.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Martin was charged with two counts of 2nd degree identity theft and two counts of 3rd degree identity theft, as well as several disorderly persons offenses. He was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing. Additional charges may be pending.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Titus request anyone with information  regarding this investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100, the South Bound Brook Police Department at (732) 356-0087 or  via the STOPit app. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office is utilizing the STOPit app as a platform to allow concerned citizens to provide information about crimes occurring in Somerset County. This app is completely anonymous and users are able to “chat” in real time with law enforcement, as well as send images and videos about crime. The app also has a Get Help section that provides phone numbers and links to important resources available in Somerset County.  The STOPit app can be downloaded to your smartphone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: “SOMERSETNJ”. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

 

Note: We are required by the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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