January 4, 2013

Crime Stoppers tip helps solve ID theft case

A Crime Stoppers tipster helped to identify two suspects in a case of identity theft in the Upper Keys.

In December, Detective Yunier Galvez asked for the public’s help in identifying four suspects who used the identity of a Florida Keys resident to open credit card accounts in various south Florida department stores, then made purchases using the cards.

The four suspects opened or attempted to open credit card accounts in the name of a Plantation Key man. The department stores included Bass Pro Shops, Kohls, Best Buy and Macys. They reportedly had his driver’s license number, social security number and other identifying information. The victim says he has no idea how they might have gotten that information.

Detective Galvez obtained security footage of the suspects and was able to isolate photos of their faces. The photos and short video clips were released to the public in the hopes someone would call and identify who they were.

A caller to Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys gave Detective Galvez the names of two Miami residents: 25 year old Roger Dwayne London and 46 year old Compton Roger Nicholson.

Detective Galvez obtained arrest warrants for both men. This week, London was arrested by law enforcement in Miami. He was booked into the Miami-Dade County jail for two counts of fraud. A warrant is still outstanding for Nicholson for two counts of fraud.

Anyone who knows were Nicholson is should contact law enforcement. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.

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