Suspect steals identity, charges $10k in New Albany fraud case

Crime

Police are asking for help finding a suspect who used a stolen identity at a half dozen stores, costing a local victim more than $10,000.

On Christmas Eve 2017, a person contacted the New Albany Police Department about a call he had received from Target regarding a credit account using his personal information in Reynoldsburg. 

The police investigation determined the suspect had also used the victim’s personal info at a pair of Home Depot locations — Dublin and Reynoldsburg — to rack up $10,000 in charges on numerous items just a few days prior.

But that’s not all. On Dec. 26, records showed the suspect opened two Verizon Wireless account. On January 5, 2018, T-Mobile accounts were also opened in the victim’s name. Accounts at Best Buy and Sam’s Club were also registered in the victim’s name.

Police describe the suspect as a black man between 25 and 35 years old. He’s about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He was last seen with a long ponytail.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the people responsible for this crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to www.stopcrime.org to e-mail a tip. Tips can also be sent by text to “CRIMES” 274637, keyword CMH.

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