Mount Pleasant police say an 18-year-old man from the Bronx, NY, stole an older man’s identity and tried to buy $1,700 worth of iPhones from Verizon.

Edwin Gomez was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of credit card forgery and identity theft as well as one misdemeanor count of theft through false representation. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years, three months in prison and/or up to $30,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Sunday to the Verizon store at 6035 Durand Avenue for a report of possible identity theft. When officers arrived, store personnel told them that Gomez visited the store and tried to buy two, 64GB iPhone 6s using an ID with his picture and a Verizon customer’s name.

Police say the sales representative was immediately suspicious and went into the back of the store to speak to a manager. Together, they looked up the name on the ID Gomez presented and discovered that account belonged to an older man in another state who has a flip phone. Officers also phoned the man, and he told them he never gave permission for anyone to use his information to buy cell phones.

The two iPhones Gomez attempted to steal totaled $1,700, the complaint reads.

Gomez remains in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. He will next be in court June 18 for his preliminary hearing.

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