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ISP investigates ID theft

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A Hazel Crest, Ill., resident was taken into custody on Friday after the Indiana State Police said that he tried to use a stolen identity to buy a vehicle.

Carl Wright, 34, was charged with identity deception, forgery, and attempted theft, police said.

On March 14, Glenbrook Dodge in Fort Wayne contacted the ISP about a possible case of identity deception, when a man claiming to be a LaGrange, Ill., resident completed a financing application for a $66,988 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. This person made a down payment on the vehicle and when asked to send a copy of his driverís license complied, police said.

But a problem with this personís credit was discovered by the dealership and after additional research it was was discovered that the ďperson who attempting to buy the Jeep was not the person whose identity he was using,Ē police said.

Wright was not willing to drive to Fort Wayne to take delivery of the vehicle but instead agreed to meet in Valparaiso at Wheels Unlimited, where he was taken into custody after signing documents and financing papers using another personís identity, police said.

Wright was transported to Porter County Jail.

A second person was also taken into custody, Devon Abercrombie, 19 of, of Chicago, on a charge of possession of marijuana. Police said that Abercrombie drove Wright to Wheels Unlimited.



Posted 3/31/2014