Police are looking for a man they believe stole more than $5,000 from a victim by stealing his identity.
On Sept. 5 last year, someone alerted police that a man opened up a credit card account at the Home Depot on Avenue U near E. 57th Street using the identification information of a 35-year-old man.
Police said that after an investigation they determined the identity thief also opened two bank accounts, and another retail-store credit account using the victim’s personal information. This included opening an account at the Bank of America on Kings Highway near E. 15th Street on Oct. 04, 2017, where a surveillance camera took a photo of the alleged fraudster, which the authorities have released in the hope that the public can help identify him. He made $5,600 worth of purchases using the credit cards, according to police.
Police described the man as 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, and between 30 and 40 years of age.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcr