Phone scam busted, illegal aliens in custody
Police arrested three Romanian citizens Sunday for allegedly attempting to purchase just under $10,000 worth of cell phones and accessories using a stolen social security number.
Police Lt. Brent Wasson said officers were notified of the attempt by the AT&T store on Boxelder Road at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 10.
The store manager, a 27-year-old female, informed officers that three individuals attempted to attain store credit, using someone else’s social security number, to purchase $9,700 worth of AT&T products.
Officers approached the three individuals — a 14-year-old male, a 24-year-old male, and a 34-year-old male — who were attempting to leave the store.
All three suspects were Romanian citizens in the country illegally, Wasson said, who were involved in removal proceedings.
Officers were authorized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest both adult suspects and place them on immigration holds.
According to Wasson, the status of the 14-year-old male was unspecified in the report and no further details were available as of press time.
The investigations into the stolen social security number and attempted fraudulent purchase are currently ongoing, but both adult suspects have been charged with misdemeanor identity theft, according to arrest records obtained from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspects were not able to purchase any items from AT&T before they were taken into custody, Wasson said.