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Four charged after fraudulent gift card use

Published 12:50 pm, Saturday, July 14, 2012
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On Friday, July 6, at approximately 4:54 p.m., four people attempted to use fraudulent gift cards to purchase $439.10 worth of liquor from Frate's Liquors, 1937 Post Road. The employee denied the transaction, and after the subjects left the store in a gray Nissan Altima with New York registration, the employee called police.

Shannia Devon, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nathaniel Hall, 20, of New York City, Gerald Jones, 21, of Far Rockaway, N.Y., and Kidane Joseph, 31, of New York City, were each charged with three counts of criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny. Devon was additionally charged with interfering with an officer because police said she initially refused to produce identification or identify herself.

Police also determined that the subjects attempted to purchase cigarettes at the Exxon service station at 1358 Post Road. In this case, the gift cards were determined to be bogus and the transaction was declined.

Police said the group then went to the Gulf service station at 1044 Post Road, where they once again attempted to purchase two cartons of cigarettes with bogus gift cards, resulting in the transaction being denied. At one point during their travels, a service station employee reported observing one of the rear-seat passengers manipulating a black handgun.

When officers encountered the subjects at the Gulf service station they were removed from the vehicle at gunpoint. Police said they searched the vehicles and did not find any weapons.

Devon and Joseph were released on a written promise to appear. Hall and Jones posted a $150 bond. All four are scheduled to appear in court July 16.