HOWELL TOWNSHIP — Police are searching for two suspects who are allegedly responsible for several credit card thefts and frauds that took place throughout the township last month.

According to Howell Township police, the first incident took place on Oct. 9 when a male entered Staples in Friendship Plaza. Surveillance footage obtained by authorities shows the man entering an employee lounge and removing credit cards from an employee's wallet. Howell police say the stolen cards were later used at a Target store in the township.

On the same day, the suspects went into Famous Footwear in Howell Commons on Route 9. As in the previous incident, police say the suspects allegedly went to the employee lounge and took credit cards from the wallet of a female store employee, then used them later in the day at a Target in nearby Brock Township.

Two days later, a woman who works at Freehold Raceway Mall contacted authorities and reported that her credit cards had been removed from her wallet, which was in the employee lounge of a store in the mall. Once again, the cards were used at Howell Target.

The suspects - believed to be the same people responsible for all the incidents - are described as a black female in her 20s and a man in his 50s. The man, police said, is seen on surveillance images wearing a bucket-style hat.

The two individuals are also suspected to have committed similar crimes in multiple other New Jersey towns, according to authorities.

Police are asking anyone with information on the suspects to call Howell Township Police Department Nancy Carroll at 732-938-4575 ext. 2884 or email her at

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