Po­lice seek iden­tity thief

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Beth Burger bburger@dis­patch.com @ByBethBurger

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.

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