An area man with an extensive criminal record, consisting of credit card fraud, drug possession and possession of stolen property convictions, now stands accused of a Fair Haven car burglary and credit card theft.
Fair Haven police have issued a complaint warrant for the arrest of Rufus Monroe, 66, of 92 Peach St., Tinton Falls, who allegedly burglarized a car that was parked in a driveway on Poplar Avenue on or about Aug. 28 “which was not open to the public at the time and which (the) defendant was not licensed or privileged to enter,” the complaint warrant, signed by Fair Haven Police Detective Stephen Schneider, said.
Monroe then allegedly committed a theft of moveable property offense by taking a Capital One Visa card and a TD Bank Visa card belonging to someone else from the car.
In addition, Monroe has been charged with credit card theft for the act of allegedly taking the cards belonging to another person.
Monroe’s bail has been set at $30,000, with no 10 percent option. His initial court appearance has been scheduled for Oct. 25, 2012.
Prior to this alleged incident, Monroe was also arrested in Middletown on Sept. 30 and charged with burglary, assault, hindering and weapons possession charges, following an incident in which he allegedly burglarized a car and sprayed victims with a chemical substance and then provided police with false identification.
In the past several years, Monroe has been convicted of: drug possession in September of 2003; fraudulent use of a credit card in October of 2007; and possession of stolen property and drug possession in January of 2008.
* Jacklyn Corley contributed to this report.
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