FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned a 52-count indictment against a former gas station attendant charged with stealing thousands of dollars from more than a dozen customers during the course of his work shifts, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Wednesday.

Patrick A. Brown, 48, of Newark is charged with 13 counts apiece of third-degree Credit Card Fraud, third-degree False Uttering, third-degree Theft, and fourth-degree Credit Card Theft.

An investigation led by Sgt. Sean Foley of the Freehold Township Police Department revealed that the thefts took place during a limited amount of time in August 2023, with each following a similar pattern. Brown would accept a credit card or debit card from a customer at the Wawa on U.S. Route 9 North, then quickly swipe it through an attached device on his personal phone, funneling hundreds of dollars at a time into a bank account he controlled, before using the card to pay for the legitimate orders of gasoline.

Brown was criminally charged the same week as the report of the initial theft, then charged with more offenses as additional victims became known. His next appearance in Monmouth County Superior Court is scheduled for Monday, May 6.

Anyone with information about Brown’s activities, or anyone who believes they may have been victimized, is urged to contact Sgt. Foley at 732-252-1950 or sfoley@twp.freehold.nj.us.

This case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Fronk. Brown is being represented by Terence Van Dzura, Esq., with an office in East Brunswick.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.