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Two Bronx men charged in Stamford grandparent scam

February 4, 2019

STAMFORD — Two men from the Bronx were arrested over the weekend for trying to accept a package that they thought contained $15,000 in cash from a Virginia man who was trying to get his grandson out of jail, police said.

Officers in Stamford’s Financial Crimes Unit were called by detectives in Virginia regarding a financial scam, who claimed a Fraquier County man had been called by someone who claimed his grandson was in jail and needed $7,500 to bail him out.

The Virginia man sent the $7,500 but was told $15,000 more was needed to get the young man out of jail. The $7,500 was sent to an address in the Bronx. But, police said, the Virginia man was told to send the $15,000 to Avery Street in Stamford.

On Saturday, officers went to Avery Street to watch the UPS delivery being made. At 10:20 a.m., a man approached the UPS delivery truck and signed for the package. Officers then watched as the man entered a van with New York plates occupied by a second man.

Investigators tried to pull the van over, but the driver refused. After a short chase, the van was stopped on Sylvan Knoll Road and both men were taken into custody.

Eduardo Santos-Cruz, 25, and Hector Rivera, 24, were both charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and criminal attempt at second-degree larceny. Rivera was additionally charged with engaging police in pursuit, reckless operation and interfering with police.

Both men were held in lieu of $100,000 court-appearance bonds.

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