RNJ News Department

Independence Twp. man charged with two burglaries and credit card theft

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – An Independence Twp. man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly broke into two homes and fraudulently used a credit card.

Matthew Dughi, 28, has been charged with three counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief and ten counts of credit card theft.

On August 23 at 1:26 p.m., town police responded to the 100 block of Charles St for a report of a male walking around a residence. Dughi was allegedly observed wrapping his shirt around his hands, to possibly conceal fingerprints, and then he picked up a rock, police said.

Police located Dughi carrying a pink canvas shopping bag at the corner of Charles St and West Baldwin St, police said.

Through a police investigation it was determined that Dughi allegedly threw the rock through the back doors to gain access to the residence. He then allegedly stole currency, coins and jewelry, police said.

The investigation also revealed that on August 22, Dughi allegedly forced the back door open to a residence on the 400 block of East Baldwin St and stole jewelry from the residence, police said.

Police also determined that on multiple dates between July 24 and August 11 Dughi allegedly took a debit card without the approval of the victim and used the card in Hackettstown to fraudulently withdraw a total of $1,175.00, police said.

Dughi is lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook