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Two Charged In Yorktown With Trying To Purchase Phones With Forged ID

Yorktown police arrested a Bronx man and a New York City woman Sept. 5.
Yorktown police arrested a Bronx man and a New York City woman Sept. 5. Photo Credit: Yorktown Police Department

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Yorktown police have arrested a 25-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman on forgery and identity theft charges, authorities said.

The arrest came about after police received a call from the Sprint store at 1812 E. Main St. alleging that a woman had attempted to purchase cell phones using forged identification on Labor Day, around 1:10 p.m., police report.

Police were informed that the woman fled the store in a white Chevrolet and an officer dispatched to the scene broadcast the description of the vehicle to area patrols, according to officials.

A short time later, an officer stopped the vehicle on Crompond Road, police report.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Jessie T. Nieves-Perez, a resident of the Bronx, and the passenger as Amy Labata, a resident of New York City, police report.

An investigation at the scene revealed that Labata, assisted by Nieves-Perez, allegedly attempted to purchase two cell phones valued at a total of $1,650 from the Sprint store using the forged U.S. passport card of another individual, according to officials.

Further investigation revealed that Labata allegedly possessed the passport card and that Nieves-Perez allegedly possessed a forged Connecticut driver’s license, police report.

A computer check at the scene also revealed that Nieves-Perez was allegedly unlicensed, according to officials.

The suspects were arrested at the scene and transported to Police Headquarters; both have been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class D felony, along with attempted identity theft in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, police report.

Nieves-Perez was also charged with unlicensed operation, a violation, according to officials.

Following processing on the charges, both parties were arraigned and remanded to the Westchester County Jail, police report.

Labata’s bail was set at $5,000, and Nieves-Perez’ bail was set at $20,000, according to officials.

The suspects were scheduled to answer the charges in Yorktown Court on Tuesday, Sept. 6, police report.

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