State police: Traffic stop leads to counterfeit credit card stash

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WILLINGTON – State Police said they arrested two men in possession of counterfeit credit cards, suspected stolen merchandise and brass knuckles.

On Tuesday, just before 11 p.m. state police were conducting motor vehicle enforcement on I-84 west in Willington. Police said they clocked a 2012 Dodge Charger at 88 mph by laser, and pulled the car over in the area of the Willington rest area.

Police said they were given permission by the driver to search the car and found a set of brass knuckles with an integrated window punch. They said they also found 32 credit cards hidden in a shoe, all in the name of the car’s passenger.
Police said brand new merchandise in department store shopping bags was found in the passenger compartment and the trunk of the vehicle, including Xbox gaming systems, perfume, and a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, all in the original packaging, with a retail value of over $7,500.

The occupants indicated that they did not have any receipts for the merchandise, and they were unable to provide specific locations of the stores where the merchandise was purchased, according to police.

The credit cards and merchandise were seized as evidence, and the driver and passenger were arrested.

Arrested were Stephone Ashton, 21, of Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn, New York and Jahmel Sinclair, 20, of 10th Street in Queens Village, New York.
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Ashton was charged with third-degree larceny and credit card counterfeiting. He was held on $25,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Wednesday.

Sinclair was charged with reckless driving with weapons in a motor vehicle, and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. He was held on $10,000 bail and was also scheduled to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Wednesday.

Police said the investigation is still active.