The Wayne Police Department has announced that they have arrested and charged Regino Ferreira, 28, of Wayne with Theft, Credit Card Fraud, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Burglary, and Criminal Mischief in regards to two separate incidents. In the first incident, on Saturday, May 29, at approximately 4:23 p.m., Wayne Police Officers fielded a complaint from a man who had lost his wallet, presumably at the Wendy’s restaurant on Route 46.
According to police, the man returned to Wendy’s, but his wallet could not be located. Upon calling to freeze his credit cards, he learned that the card was used at the Ramada Inn, AT&T Store and Wendy’s.
While speaking with officers, the man received an alert that his card was being used at the AMC Theatre located on Willowbrook Boulevard. Officers responded there but were unable to locate the suspect who attempted to use the card.
Police said that an officer traveled to Ramada Inn to obtain video surveillance footage and speak with employees. While there, an employee pointed to a male walking in the parking lot and stated that he was the suspect who had attempted to use the stolen card earlier.
Officers apprehended the suspect, Mr. Ferreira, and found him to be in possession of the victim’s credit cards and wallet.
Police said that Mr. Ferreira was released on a summons in accordance with bail reform guidelines.
In the second incident on Sunday, May 30, at approximately 11:50 p.m., multiple Wayne Police Officers responded to a report of a burglary to a room at the Ramada Inn.
According to police, upon their arrival, the victim reported that he had left his room for a short time with the door open and that upon his return, he observed a male running from his room with items in his hand.
Police said that the victim stated that he yelled to the suspect to drop his property and gave chase, but eventually lost sight of the suspect. When he returned to his room, the victim found that his pink iPhone 8 and $100 cash that had been on a table were missing.
Responding officers reviewed video footage from the hotel and in which they suspect running away. The victim then used the Find my iPhone application and it showed the phone located half a mile away at the 46 Lounge in Totowa.
Officers responded to the area of the 46 Lounge and found the suspect they had observed on video.
According to police, he was found to be in possession of the victim’s phone, which was damaged.
The victim was taken to the scene and positively identified the suspect as the male whom he had observed running from his hotel room. Officers confirmed the suspect to be Regino Ferreira.
Mr. Ferreira was again released on a summons in accordance with bail reform guidelines.