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Two Connecticut men were arrested Thursday in an attempt to purchase a $70,000 Corvette by using forged documents with someone’s stolen identity, police said.
Tavon Moyer, 38, of West Street in Stratford, was charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny, identity theft and forgery.
Akil Jones, 38, of Dover Street in Bridgeport, was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny.
According to Plymouth police, information was received that a man was attempting to make an online purchase of a Corvette valued at $70,000 from Terryville Chevrolet with documents that appeared to be forged.
As officers investigated the complaint, they identified the victim who lived in Delaware and whose name and personal information was used to purchase the vehicle, police said.
“Officers and detective from the Plymouth Police Department along with members of the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force were able to set up in the area and observe the suspects,” police said.
“Once the main suspect entered the dealership, he was taken into custody without incident. The second party involved was apprehended without incident inside his vehicle at the IGA parking lot.”
According to Chevrolet, the starting price for a 2020 Corvette is $58,900.
Moyer was held on $200,000 bond. Jones was held on a $25,000 bond. They were scheduled to be arraigned in New Britain Superior Court on Friday.
Police said the case provides a “teachable moment” for all of us regarding identity theft.
“First, let’s keep our cars locked. Simple car breaks in’s usually start the identity theft process as personal information gets stolen. Second, don’t ever give someone personal information over the phone. If you get a phone call and they ask for SSN #, DOB etc. it will probably be a scam. Don’t give this information out to anyone.
“If you think it’s a scam call the police to confirm.
“Third, sign up for a credit monitoring company or keep up with companies that monitor credit scores. If someone opens a credit card or account in your name, you will catch it with one of these companies.”
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