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ID Thefts Plague Scarsdale Residents

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Identity thefts kept Scarsdale police busy over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, A Carthage Road resident reported that a person unknown to her had tried to open two accounts in her name, at JP Morgan Chase and AT&T. She also saidsomeone using an HSBC card in her name purchased $4,849 worth of goods from Bloomingdale's. Scarsdale Police contacted the Bloomingdale's fraud department and was told that an arrest had been made, and that the suspect also was holding a reciept from The GAP store in Columbus, Ohio.

A Kensington Road man reported Friday, Feb. 25, thaat someone used his identity to try to steal money from his checking account. The man said he was called by Citibank to confirm he had written a check for $16,000, which he said he had not. He was also told someone had opened a Citibank MasterCard account in his name.

Also Friday, a Montrose Road man said his ID was used to make unauthorized purchases from Victoria's Secret in Harlem totalling nearly $1,000. He said he also received letters from several other stores rejecting applications for credit cards he said he never made.

Another Friday caller, this time from Old Orchard Lane, reported a fraudulent purchase of a $2,000 computer on her American Express card. She said there were also attempts to purchase auto insurance. The woman said she often shops online and her card has not been out of her possession.

Also on the police blotter for the week ending Nov. 28:

Criminal mischief: A Springdale Road resident reported a backyard fence was damaged on Saturday, Nov. 26. She said she heard a noise about 1:30 a.m., and discovered the damage about 7 a.m. She also said that, in the past, she had found empty been containers in the area.

Vandalism: A patrol officer discovered black spray paint on a wall of level 3A of the Frieghtway Garage about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

Theft: A Yonkers woman working as a nanny said her purse was taken Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Crossway Field tennis complex. She said the purse contained a credit card, two gift cards worth $100 and $160 cash.

Drug arrest: A White Plains man and an unnamed female suspect were arrested Wednesday, Nov. 23, on River Road and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Christopher Avila-Chanza, 20, and the female suspect were found to be in a car parked on River Road and admitted to smoking marijuana in the car, according to the Scarsdale police report. An envelope containing Alprazolam, which the arresting officer said was tossed from the car, was found ouside the vehicle. Both parties were taken to Village Court for arrainment and were released on $180 bond each.

Shots fired: A Westchester County Police Department unit reported hearing possible gun shots near Fox Meadow Road and Wayside Lane. All Scarsdale patrol cars, along with cars from Eastchester and the county, canvassed the area but found nothing.

Problem customer: A Dunkin Donuts employee complained Saturday of a customer standing in front of the register texting and refusing to move. The caller complained the man became angry when asked to move. Police spoke with the man, told him to leave and not return.

Yards trashed: Police responded to a complaint at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, that someone had left trash on a lawn on Mayflower Road. Police agreed to monitor the property through the night. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, patrol car was observing a Ridgedale Road home whose resident had complained previously about people littering his lawn and blowing their horns. Police watched as a silver minivan stopped in front of the house, lingered, then left, leaving trash behind. Police stopped the vehicle and had the occupants return and clean up the litter. The occupants claimed they were not responsible for previous incidents, including one earlier in the day, according to the police report..

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