Man charged with trafficking in stolen IDs after credit-card thefts
Published 4:44 pm, Friday, December 11, 2015
A Bloomfield man faces charges of identity theft and criminal use of that information following an investigation into overnight car burglaries in town.
Tony Jackson, 36, of Deer Meadow Drive in Bloomfield, was charged Thursday with third-degree identity theft and conspiracy, as well as trafficking in personal information and conspiracy, in connection with the incidents.
The thefts took place earlier this year in May and July, police said.
On May 21, a Victoria Lane resident told police that his vehicle was broken into, and his credit cards and license were stolen. The victim reported that he was alerted by email by his bank about unusual card activity, with unauthorized expenditures at stores in Hamden.
On July 16, police were told by a Sterling Drive resident that a wallet had been stolen from his vehicle parked in the driveway. The victim reported the wallet had two credit cards, a bank card and other personal items. Fraudulent use of the credit cards was later recorded at stores in Windsor, South Windsor, New Haven and Hartford, according to the report.
Police detectives said they were able to determine the crimes were committed by a group of people linked to car burglaries around the region, and warrants were issued for Jackson’s arrest in connection with the local incidents. Once stolen, the credit cards were passed on to others who used them to illegally purchase merchandise, police said.
Jackson was unable to post bond, police said, and was arraigned the next day at state Superior Court in Norwalk.