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Rochelle Park Police Officer Nabs Bronx Trio In Identity Thefts

James Cousar, Jonathan Coriano
James Cousar, Jonathan Coriano Photo Credit: COURTESY: Rochelle Park PD

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. -- A Rochelle Park police officer intercepted a trio of Bronx men headed to buy cellphones with stolen credit card numbers, authorities told Daily Voice on Friday.

Officer Jared Shatkin smelled marijuana after stopping their 2008 BMW on northbound Route 17 at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Detective Sgt. James DePreta said.

A search of the vehicle turned up pot, along with several bogus state identifications and credit cards, he said.

The driver, Moises Mendez, 24, and his passengers -- James Cousar, 33, and Jonathan Coriano, 22 -- were taken into custody.

Detectives found Cousar's photo on driver's licenses bearing the names of identify theft victims, DePreta said.

The trio had two new iPhones worth nearly $750 that were bought through victims' accounts and was headed to a local shopping mall for more, the sergeant said.

Mendez was charged with pot possession and released on a summons.

Cousar and Coriano were being held on $42,500 bail each in the Bergen County Jail, charged with attempted identity theft, trafficking in stolen IDs and possession of the bogus cards, the pot and the proceeds.

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