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Best Buy Scam Thwarted

Paramus police have arrested two Bronx men for allegedly using stolen credit cards to buy Apple products and then striking an officer with their car, reports said.

At approximately 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 10, the Paramus Police Department received information that two suspects were at the Best Buy electronics store, located at the Westfield Garden State Plaza shopping center, attempting to purchase $4,000 worth of iPad Airs and video games with several credit cards that were reported stolen.

Police Officers Mike Ditolla and Daniel Derienzo, assigned to the Paramus Anti-Crime Unit, observed the suspects exit the store and enter a purple 1999 Dodge Stratus with New York license plates.  Derienzo approached the driver’s side of the vehicle and identified himself as a police officer. The driver, Nelson Rodriguez, 41, then took off at a high speed, striking Derienzo on his left arm. The suspect vehicle then rammed Ditolla’s police car, which had pulled into the parking aisle to prevent the vehicle from fleeing. The suspect’s vehicle continued to try and exit the lot, but turned down a dead end aisle next to Best Buy, trapping the car. The suspects were then taken into custody by Ditolla, Officer Anthony Mordaga and Officer David Betancourt.

Rodriguez and his passenger, Rafael Batista, 41, both of the Bronx, were arrested. Rodriguez was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and two counts of eluding police. Batista was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of fraudulent use of credit cards and possession of stolen credit cards.

          Derienzo was transported to a local medical center where he was treated and released for bruises and cuts.

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