BREAKING NEWS, Monday Feb. 27, 10:15 a.m.–Wilton Police announced the arrest of a suspect in a string of identity theft cases, made with the help of observant Wilton residents who provided tips and information about the incidents.
On Tuesday, Feb. 21 the Wilton Police Department was made aware of three separate incidents of identity and/or mail theft from residents that reside on Thunder Lake Rd. The following day on Feb. 22, the department received a suspicious vehicle complaint from a Pipers Hill Rd. resident who reported seeing a vehicle on that street on both days. The resident reported witnessing that the operator of the vehicle appeared to be removing mail from neighbors’ mailboxes, and provided a detailed description of the vehicle and operator.
With the information received, on Thursday, Feb. 23, the department set-up surveillance in the north end of Wilton. At approximately noon that day, detectives observed a vehicle and operator in the area of Whipstock Rd. and Nod Hill Rd. matching the description of the suspicious vehicle complaint from the day before.
According to police, upon stopping the vehicle officers found that the operator, identified as 26-year-old Elijah Jamel Chin of Gardena, CA, had mail and a credit card in the name of a Pipers Hill Rd. resident in his lap. “A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed further evidence that Chin was engaged in the crime of Identity Theft.”
Chin was taken into custody and charged with Larceny 6th, Identity Theft 3rd, Attempt at Trafficking in Personal Identifying Information, and Possession of less than a 1⁄2-oz. of marijuana. He has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on March 6.
This remains an ongoing investigation. The department is asking for residents, specifically in the Thunder Lake Rd. and Pipers Hill Rd. area of Wilton, to monitor their credit reports for any suspicious inquiries or accounts that they did not authorize. If a resident finds they are victim of identity theft, they should report the crime to their local police department. The department is also offering the following guidance to victims of identity theft:
- Keep a log of all conversations related to the crime and keep all correspondences related to the crime.
- Cancel any fraudulent or compromised accounts.
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting one of the three credit bureaus to report the crime:
- Equifax (800) 525-6285, www.equifax.com
- Experian (888) 397-3742, www.experian.com
- TransUnion (800) 680-7289, www.transunion.com.
Once a fraud alert is in place, individuals are entitled to free copies of your credit report.
For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website, the federal government’s one-stop resource to help residents report and recover from identity theft.