Three suspects charged with identity theft at Deer Park Apple store

Just a day after sheriff detectives arrested two people at the Deer Park Apple Store for unauthorized purchases, a third out-of-state suspect was arrested Saturday night, according to Sgt. Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

John Michael Johnson, 18, of Ferndale, Mich., was being held on $100,000 bail in Lake County Jail on charges of burglary and identity theft, Covelli said.

Deputies were called to the store around 7 p.m. Saturday for a person attempting to fraudulently purchase merchandise using someone else’s identification, he said.

According to Covelli, two other people who attempted to gain access to user accounts and make unauthorized purchases at the Apple Store were arrested Friday night. Those suspects were identified as Alexander J. Soto, 25, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Diamand D. Reid, 22, of Roseville, Mich., and each were charged with burglary and identity theft, Covelli said, while Soto also faces a charge of retail theft.

2 arrested for trying to make fraudulent Apple store purchases, police say

2 arrested for trying to make fraudulent Apple store purchases, police say

Two people who attempted to gain access to user accounts and make unauthorized purchases at the Apple store in Deer Park were arrested Friday night by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

Alexander J. Soto, 25, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Diamand D. Reid, 22, of Roseville,…

Two people who attempted to gain access to user accounts and make unauthorized purchases at the Apple store in Deer Park were arrested Friday night by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

Alexander J. Soto, 25, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Diamand D. Reid, 22, of Roseville,…

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Police were able to connect the most recent suspects to the previous incidents because “they were from out of state, (and) what they did was very similar” to the theft by deception cases in July, he said.

Covelli did not disclose how the alleged crew is gaining the victims’ identities, but said an investigation is ongoing. He urged anyone using Apple and similar products to be aware of the security dangers.

Following the arrests at the Apple Store on North Rand Road in Deer Park, detectives are contacting other local and regional Apple stores to see if the suspects might have attempted the same crimes at other locations, Covelli said.

The suspects are believed to have obtained identification information ahead of time and then used it to attempt to gain unauthorized access to ATT accounts while at the Apple Store, he said.

Combined, Soto and Reid tried to purchase more than $3,000 worth of Apple merchandise to be billed to the ATT accounts, Covelli said.

Soto’s bail was set at $70,000 and Reid’s at $60,000.

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