Police Looking for Suspect in $12,000 Identity Theft Shopping Spree | NBC 6 South Florida

Police Looking for Suspect in $12,000 Identity Theft Shopping Spree



    (Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

    Police are looking for a man who spent about $12,000 in credit using someone else's identity.

    The suspect opened several credit lines using victim Roberto Chavez's personal information and used them to purchase items like cell phones, clothes and Apple products.

    "It just snowballed all within three or four days," Chavez said.

    The suspect also duplicated Chavez's driver's license, using his own photo on a fake license bearing Chavez's information.

    "It's just crazy how easily they could access that much money and credit and things just without questions asked by the stores where I've never used a store card in my life," Chavez said.

    Security cameras caught the suspect at a Kohl's in Homestead, spending $850 in clothes and gift cards. The man can be seen wearing bright red pants and penny loafers.

    From there, he went to T-Mobile where he spent $3,400 on a Galaxy 4s and other cell phones, according to authorities.

    Police said the suspect also spent $8,000 in Apple products at Best Buy and $740 at Target.

    Chavez said he received a handful of credit cards to stores like Victoria's Secret and Macy's. He said when he called the stores to ask about the cards, the only way they were able to tell it was false was because his phone number was different. He said everything else checked out.

    "It did make me nervous knowing that I had four kids at home and a pregnant wife and these guys could just show up at the door knowing that it's me," Chavez said. "It's ridiculous, something needs to be done."

    Police said they don't know exactly how Chavez's identity was stolen. Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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