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Somerset Man Sentenced On Theft And Gun Charges

A township man who in July pleaded guilty to several gun- and theft-related charges was sentenced Sept. 4 to five years in state prison.

Police said Dylan Nguyen pled guilty to charges of 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 4th Degree Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine, 4th Degree Possession of Hollow Point Bullets and 3rd Degree Theft by Unlawful Taking.

The charges stem from a Nov. 29, 2014 incident in which a Tintern Court resident told police that Nguyen, her roommate, made many fraudulent charges with her credit cards, and opened a new credit card account in her name. She said she also hadn’t seen her car for three days.

Township Police Det. Emma Bascom investigated the case for several weeks, according to a press release. Her investigation revealed that Nguyen made about $13,000 in fraudulent charges on the credit cards and sold the victim’ vehicle on the Internet. One month later, the car was found by Virginia Beach police and returned to its owner.

Bascom also discovered that Nguyen was driving a black 2007 BMW, and that he had an outstanding warrant from Middlesex County.

Township police stopped in March 2014 Nguyen’s car when it was seen driving down Franklin Boulevard, according to the release. A search of the car revealed the handgun, large capacity magazine and hollow-point bullets were found in the truck.

“This was a very labor intensive case,” Franklin Police Chief Lawrence Roberts said in the release. “Through the cooperative efforts of the Middlesex County Probation Office, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Beach Police Department’s we were able to identify, located and take Dylan Nguyen into custody. Hard work and dedication allowed the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office to present a solid case and bring this individual to justice.”

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