Police: Lacey Duo Found Wallet, Went On Shopping Spree

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STAFFORD – A wallet was dropped in a parking lot and $9,000 later, two people were charged with credit card theft.

  The victim told police that she dropped her wallet in the parking lot of Carolina Select Furniture in Waretown on July 9. The victim’s credit cards were then used in Manahawkin and Forked River at places like Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart. Total transactions were more than $9,000.

  Surveillance footage of the suspects was posted to the Stafford Township Facebook Page, which led to the suspects being identified.

  Sander Schneider, 52, of Forked River, and John Juliano, 47, of Forked River, were charged with 33 counts stemming from 11 incidents. The charges include fraudulent use of a credit card, possession of stolen credit cards, and conspiracy to commit credit card fraud. Sander Schneider was additionally charged with theft of lost property. Both men have a pending court date in Ocean County Superior Court.

  There was a disagreement on the Lacey Township Chatter Facebook Page regarding the identity of one of the suspects. John Juliano claimed in a post that he was not the man who was arrested. He spoke with Jersey Shore Online and said he wasn’t involved.

We did reach Stafford Township Police for clarification and according to Captain James Vaughn, Juliano was in fact one of the accused. Captain Vaughn said that Juliano was making arrangements to meet with one of their detectives.

  Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.

  The Stafford Township Police Department thanked the public for their assistance in this matter.