Mahwah span charged with burglary in Wayne in purported gift scheme

WAYNE — A male and a lady from Mahwah have been charged with burglary and other offenses associated to accusations that they collected income by sanctimonious to be partial of an classification that helps bleeding troops veterans, authorities pronounced Monday in a news release.

Steven Toms; Jan Toms

Wayne Police Department

Steven Toms; Jan Toms

Steven Toms, 59, and Jan Toms, 58, allegedly set adult a list in front of a Stop Shop supermarket in a Preakness Shopping Center final month and told people they were operative for a Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, a Fair Lawn-based gift organization, pronounced Capt. Laurence W. Martin of a Wayne police.

The couple, who live during a Pulis Avenue address, denied a allegations by an profession on Monday.

Martin pronounced that they presented “false documents” to Stop Shop to make it seem that they were partial of a gift before collecting income from shoppers on Jan. 25. The captain pronounced they had “conducted this fake activity in other surrounding jurisdictions as well.”

They were arrested during troops domicile on Friday after an review that began when a charity’s boss reported a occurrence to police. Wayne Detective Dave Collins identified them with a assistance of “video evidence,” Martin said.

The couple’s attorney, Russell Bickert, pronounced his clients were “absolutely not guilty and these charges are all false.”

Police did not yield sum about how most income a integrate allegedly collected or where authorities trust they had intent in identical activities. They both are charged with tampering with open records, prejudicial impersonation and burglary by deception, and were expelled on their possess recognizance tentative justice appearances, Martin said.

The captain pronounced that a charity, that has been handling as a non-profit given 2008, provides assistance for servicemen and servicewomen as they “transition into municipal life” and has perceived “numerous awards and recognition.”

Alan Krutchkoff, a boss of a Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, pronounced he could not criticism on a box since it was tentative in court. He pronounced his classification sends packages to troops crew abroad and provides several services to them when they come home.

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