Police: Two men charged in identity theft scheme – Glens Falls Post

QUEENSBURY — Two New York City men were arrested Saturday after they were caught trying to use other people’s identification to buy table computers and cellphones at a local store, police said.

The two were charged after staff at the AT T store in Queensbury caught on to a scheme that had victimized staff at the company’s store in Wilton a short time earlier, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects were accused of using fake driver’s licenses of AT T customers at the Wilton store to purchase two iPads and two cell phones at the Wilton store, according to police. Staff at the Wilton store notified neighboring stores after discovering the scam, and the two men were foiled when they went to the Queensbury store, police said.

The men fled the store after learning that the store staff had contacted police, but officers caught them near the store.

One of the two, Jeffrey Hidalgo, 19, of the Bronx, was charged with three felony counts of possession of a forged instrument after he was found to have three fake driver’s license from three states, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Hidalgo was believed to have gone into the AT T store while co-defendant Jose L. Rodriguez, 20, of the Bronx, remained in a vehicle outside. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, police said.

Hidalgo was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail. Rodriguez was released after posting bail.

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