Identity Theft Arrest
Eyewitness Account Management team received a call from the customer to perform a video retrieval that pertained to two suspects that had driven on the lot and spoke to a salesman expressing interest in a $125,000 vehicle they had in inventory. The customer also provided further details that the suspects drove on the customer lot in a new vehicle recently procured from another local dealership. Eyewitness does not monitor or have cameras at that dealership to review or further investigate.
The individuals were suspected of identity fraud related to the purchase of the vehicle they were driving. The salesman suspected they were shipper/importers since they didn’t want to test drive the vehicle. He was also suspicious of the suspects name and ID. The salesman told the suspect he would have to speak with his GM and run some numbers and would call them later in the day to see if he could make a deal work for them. The suspects left the property at approximately 3:30 PM. The salesman ran a check and a fraud alert triggered on the individuals. The salesman was able to find the actual person that the suspects were impersonating (who resides in Miami). That individual asked the salesman to please call the police as 7 vehicles had been purchased using his identity. The salesman notified the police and coordinated a time for the suspects to return to the store. The police used the images from our interior showroom cameras to confirm the individuals and stated that they have been of interest to them for similar activity in the area.
The suspect returned to the property later in the day around 6:00 PM. Law enforcement was already positioned on property and quickly swooped in and were able to control the situation and arrested the individuals without incident.
7/27/16: Further follow up with the arresting officer was that when they served the search warrant on the suspect’s homes, they found multiple identities (passports, driver’s license) and multiple bank accounts and credit cards open in the name of allegedly stolen identities. They were using these IDs to purchase various items. At the homes was also a ledger of activities with other dealers identified as future appointments or targets.