Police seek identity thief
New Albany police are hoping someone recognizes a man responsible for stealing someone's identity and spending thousands of dollars using bogus accounts.
The spending spree started in December 2017.
The victim was contacted by Target after an account was opened in his name at the 2437 Taylor Park Drive store. He called New Albany police to file a report on Dec. 24.
Other accounts then started surfacing using the victim's name and credit line.
At 2:03 p.m. Dec. 20, the culprit purchased $10,000 worth of merchandise using the victim's identity at Home Depot stores in Dublin and Reynoldsburg.
On Dec. 26, two accounts at Verizon were opened using the victim's name. On Jan. 5, T-Mobile accounts were opened. The man also opened accounts at Best Buy and Sam's Club.
The suspect is described as a black man 25 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 200 pounds. In surveillance images, he has a long ponytail.
Central Ohio Crime Stoppers are offering a reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest or indictment of the man. All tipsters remain anonymous.
Anyone with information can call 614-461-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at stopcrime.org. Tips also can be submitted by downloading a free application called P3 Tips onto a smartphone.