Cops: NY couple faces slew of charges after trying to buy Rolex with fake ID
Two residents of the Bronx, N.Y., were taken into custody Thursday after purchasing a Rolex watch at a Main Street jewelry store using false identification, police said, and later were found to possess more fraudulent material.
Njeri Bowen, 25, and Michael R. Simmons, 24, were taken into custody shortly after leaving the store and both charged with first-degree larceny, two counts of first-degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, third-degree forgery, first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and third-degree conspiracy to commit forgery.
The incident was reported to police shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday when Bowen purchased the Rolex watch using what appeared to be false personal identification, which police later said was a fake New Jersey driver's license.
She was seen by officers leaving the store and heading to a waiting car, which police stopped a short distance away. The car was driven by Simmons, police said. Officers subsequently discovered that Bowen was in possession of another fraudulent driver's license and credit card.
Police at the scene recovered the watch taken from the store.
Bowen was also charged with interfering with an officer and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Additionally, police learned she was wanted on an outstanding warrant issued by Norwalk police for failure to appear in court on similar charges. She was charged with first-degree failure to appear in connection with that case.
Bowen and Simmons were each held in lieu of $50,000 bond, police said, and are scheduled to appear Nov. 14 in Norwalk Superior Court.