FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ – The Franklin Police Detective Bureau has been investigating fraudulent transactions at the Wal-Mart of Franklin.
Detectives found that during the month of July 2015, several individuals have been taking several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise from the store without first purchasing them, then returning the stolen items to the store, in order to receive store credit and or a gift card for the items. The individuals have been selling the gift cards / store credit to local pawn shops.
The latest arrest came after detectives arrested Jacqueline A. Thompson, 24, of Franklin who is alleged to have stolen merchandise, returned the merchandise, and receive a gift card for the items. Ms. Thompson is then alleged to have sold the gift card(s) to local pawn shops. She was arrested in Newton, NJ on August 4, 2015.
Following the arrest, Ms. Thompson was found to be in possession of a benzodiazepine narcotic, marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and hypodermic needles in her residence, in Franklin, NJ. She was also found to be in possession of an air soft firearm, which is considered a prohibited weapon in New Jersey without a valid firearm permit or firearms identification card.
Ms. Thompson was charged with theft by deception, narcotic offenses, and weapons offenses.
Ms. Thompson was also found to have Superior Court warrant from Sussex County. Ms. Thompson was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending the resolution of the warrant and charges.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.