SOUTHINGTON - Three people were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged attempted cell phone scheme.
Denise Cabrera, 19, Edward De Los Angeles, 26, and Radhammes Fabian, 23, all of New York, are facing charges.
According to the police report, officers were called to BJ's Wholesale Club, at 75 Spring St., at about 2 p.m. on the report of a customer trying to make a fraudulent purchase on another customer's account.
Cabrera, the report said, had a fake ID and was trying to buy two iPhone 7 Plus phones and other accessories, totaling $2,120. Police said she first tried passing off her identity to officers as the one on the identification, before police told her they knew the ID was fake. She then gave another fake name and a false address, according to police.
Cabrera told officers she was brought to the store by her boyfriend, but she would not provide his name, the report said. She said he was waiting outside in a black Toyota with New York license plates.
Police then located the vehicle and found De Los Angeles and Fabian inside. They said they knew nothing about anyone trying to buy phones.
According to Cabrera, the report said, both men gave her the fake ID and prompted her to try to make the fraudulent purchase. All three suspects were arrested.
Cabrera has been charged with criminal impersonation, third-degree identity theft, attempted third-degree larceny and interfering with police.
De Los Angeles and Fabian have both been charged with conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, conspiracy to commit third-degree identity theft and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.
Fabian posted bond and is scheduled to be arraigned early next month.
De Los Angeles and Cabrera were held in custody and arraigned Thursday in Bristol Superior Court. During the hearing, Jeff Lee, the prosecutor, said this type of cell phone scam is usually connected to a ring out of New York, and that it has become a "serious problem" for Connecticut.
"They do this for a living," Lee said.
Cabrera, who does not have a previous criminal record, was ordered held on $35,000 bond. According to court officials, she is a suspect in a similar case in New Jersey. Cabrera is due back in court on May 10 to enter a plea.
De Los Angeles, court officials said, has previously been charged with possession of marijuana and identity theft with intent to defraud. He was ordered held on $75,000 bond. He has not entered a plea.
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