Duo accused of phone scam
An unexpected package containing new iPhones, followed shortly by an unexpected visitor to a Stanley Road home, led police to arrest two Brooklyn, N.Y., men in connection with an identity theft scheme.
Police allege the men used personal information to order cellular phones on the Stanley Road resident’s Verizon account and sought to intercept the phones on delivery, Marron said. Additional charges are possible, Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron said.
Police were called to Stanley Road at 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, on a report of a suspicious black male with a blue sweatshirt and short dreadlocks knocking on a front door, Marron said.
The occupant of the home signed for a Federal Express package addressed to her husband that contained three iPhones and was speaking to her husband to confirm he didn’t order the phones when the man knocked on the door, Marron said. When she did not answer, the man walked to the rear of the home before leaving, Marron said.
“At that point she become suspicious about the individual and his possible connection to the cell phone delivery,” Marron said.
On the way to the home, one of the responding officers spotted an Acura TL with a New York plate occupied with a passenger who partially matched the woman’s description, according to Marron.
Police pulled over the vehicle and Arnold and Lee told police Lee had been trying to use the bathroom at the home and they were returning from a visit to family in Bridgeport, according to Marron. Arnold and Lee appeared upset, with Arnold sweating profusely, Marron said.
Arnold told detectives Lee asked him to drive him around to pick up packages and would pay him a couple of hundred dollars when the job was complete, Marron said.
Police took the men into custody on suspicion of identity theft. At the police station, Lee gave written consent to have his cell phones searched, according to Marron. On the phone police found a screenshot of a spreadsheet showing Social Security numbers and other identifying information of residents of Darien and other towns in Connecticut, Marron said.
Another screenshot showed a Federal Express e-mail receipt confirming delivery of the phones to Stanley Road and several map searches for directions to other Darien homes, Marron said.
Police contacted one of the homeowners at a Darien address found on the phone and learned they had canceled a fraudulent order for a phone, Marron said.
Both men were released on $500 bond, and were to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Thursday, Dec. 10, according to Marron.