Identity Thief Goes On Shopping Spree, Newark Man Calls Cops


Newark – The Newark Police Department is investigating an identity theft that was reported on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, , according to Lieutenant Fred Nelson.

Nelson said that according to the victim, a 55-year-old Newark resident, he learned that an unknown person had opened a credit account in his name in order to make several purchases at Target stores in Springfield and Rosslyn, Virginia.

The purchases occurred between 01/20/2017 and 01/25/2017 and totaled $2,968.49. The victim stated that he does not have a Target credit card of his own and believes the suspect used his information in order to create the fictitious account.

The investigating officer has been in contact with Target security, however, there is no surveillance video available at this time.

Anyone with additional information on this incident should contact Officer Megan Keating at 302-366-7100 x3489 or

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