Fight in Stamford leads to arrest of 2 Georgia men
STAMFORD — Two Georgia men face a slew of charges related to identity theft after police had to break up their fight on Thursday, police said.
Darren Crenshaw, 31, and Deshawn Johnson, 27, both of Atlanta, Georgia, were each charged with disorderly conduct, fifteen counts of third-degree identity theft, two counts of second-degree forgery, three counts of criminal impersonation, credit card theft, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit each of those charges.
Crenshaw and Johnson are in the custody of the Department of Corrections, police said Saturday.
Stamford patrol units were sent to Summer and Sixth streets on Thursday for a report of two people fighting. The officers identified those people as Crenshaw and Johnson.
As officers investigated, the Financial Crime Unit was brought in.
Police found the two in possession of several fake identifications, personal and business checks, ledgers and notebooks that had names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth and bank account information belonging to various victims.
Police said no victims were Stamford residents or companies.
After these arrests, Stamford police said, they want the community to be aware of the prevalence of financial crimes and identity theft schemes happening constantly.
“The department continuously receives complaints regarding the theft and counterfeiting of checks and other crimes committed from compromised personal and banking information,” police said.
Often victims deposit checks or other financial correspondences into USPS mail boxes through Stamford. Those documents can be stolen from mailboxes and give criminals the information they need to pursue financial crimes, police said.
The police provided a few tips from the USPS to keep residents safe, which included residents calling police anytime they notice suspicious activity.
If there is any suspicious activity noticed around mailboxes, notify the postal inspectors at 877-876-2455.
Anyone who believes they may have been the victim of mail theft, identity theft or fraud involving the U.S. mailing system can report it 24/7 at www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov (select contact us and then file a claim) or call the national hotline, again at 877-876-2455.