An identity thief ordered $15,000 in gift cards using an innocent victim's credit card – then was nabbed by Oakland police as he picked them up, authorities said.
Sgt. Michael O’Neill and Officers Gary Fiore and Gary Gusterson were waiting when Gregory Gordon, 27, showed up at the local Walgreens to pick up the cards, which were shipped there via FedEx, Detective Lt. Christian Eldridge said.
A Wanaque resident had alerted authorities after discovering bogus charges on his credit card, Eldridge said.
Police then “coordinated with employees of Walgreens, who alerted [them] when an [Gordon] arrived to pick up the packages,” he said.
Gordon picked up the packages after showing a phony driver’s license with the victim’s name on it – then was grabbed by police as he walked out of the Ramapo Valley Road store carrying them, the lieutenant said.
Gordon, of Hornell, NY, was charged by Detective Michael Griffin with identity theft, credit card theft, receiving stolen property and forgery.
He was released pending a court appearance in Superior Court in Hackensack.
Eldridge said he and Detective Mark Piercy assisted in the investigation.
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