STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two suspects were charged in an identity theft ring after a sting involving the purchase of iPhones, according to Stamford police.
Property Crimes Division investigators said they were notified this week that a resident's identity had been compromised. Someone had made an online purchase of three Apple iPhones to be picked up at the Sprint Store at the Stamford mall, police said.
Investigators posed as store employees, police said. When the suspect came and signed for the phones, he was apprehended by officers, police said.
Tosheim Newkirk, 22, was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation, second-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft, fourth-degree larceny, and credit card theft. He was held on $20,000 bond.
In the second case, investigators received a complaint from a Stamford financial business that 20 employees’ identities had been compromised.
Investigators determined that numerous fraudulent bank, phone, and credit card accounts had been opened in several of the employee’s names without their knowledge, police said.
The suspect had acquired a book containing personal information about the company's employees that had been left behind by a worker, police said.
The suspect was identified as Reginald Boyd, 22, and a search warrant was executed at his home in October, police said. Evidence gathered during the search linked Boyd to the fraudulently acquired accounts, police said.
On Nov. 12, officers initiated a ruse for Boyd to go to police headquarters to retrieve the proceeds from the search, police said.
But When he arrived, Boyd was arrested and charged with trafficking in personal identifying information, 19 counts of third-degree identity theft, second-degree identity theft and computer crimes. He was held on $100,00 bond.
Further investigation determined that Boyd and Newkirk had been working together, conducting the identity thefts as a team.
The Stamford Police recognized Sgt. Perrotta and Officers Stempien, Coughlin and Russell for the arrests.
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