Westchester police: 5 arrested for stealing thousands, ID theft, fraudPosted: Updated:
Westchester County police say five people were arrested for fraud Wednesday following a monthslong investigation.
The suspects are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls, as well as engaging in identity theft and credit card fraud.
Officials say the ring would purchase several thousand dollars in merchandise a day, including high-end pocketbooks and clothing, televisions and furniture. Investigators estimate the loss of goods to be valued at $500,000.
Police say T.J. Maxx found irregularities after credit cards were maxed out on their first day. It flagged the activity and notified police.
Early morning raids were conducted in Queens, the Bronx and Westchester. News 12 got a peek of some of the merchandise seized, including the luxury handbags.
Police say the ring was operating for over a year and that only two of the suspects are cooperating in the investigation.
Hassan Miller, 46, of Mount Vernon, and Dawn Anderson, 48, of the Bronx, were arrested in Mount Vernon. Each were charged with criminal possession of stolen property, three counts of criminal possession of a forgery device and 76 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
The remaining three suspects were held overnight at county police headquarters in Hawthorne. They have been identified as Stanley Awala, of Queens, Asanimo Riesa, 37, of the Bronx, and Peter Onogwu, 63, of the Bronx.