Bogus iPhone buy nets 2 arrests in Oakland County
Two teens were arrested this week after allegedly taking personal information from a resident to buy new iPhones, one of several frauds investigators connect them to, Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies were called to a Sprint store in Rochester Hills on Tuesday evening for a fraud report. A woman told them a package with two iPhone 7 devices had been delivered to her home address although she had not ordered any, investigators said in a statement.
The resident learned from a Sprint worker that the phones were bought using a fraudulent credit card under her name, according to the release. “Deputies were advised that a neighbor had obtained a phone number from one of the suspects of the fraud,” the notice read.
At some point, the two youths accused of orchestrating the scheme approached the victim’s neighbor claiming they “had a package delivered to the wrong address and had asked that they be contacted” when it arrived, sheriff’s officials said.
Using a phone number the pair left, deputies arranged to meet them under the guise of delivering the phones. That’s where the two 18 year olds were taken into custody and turned over to detectives.
The arrest led authorities to more goods: in their vehicle was another package containing iPhones.
“There have been multiple incidents with similar circumstances reported in the Rochester Hills area over the past few weeks,” sheriff’s officials said Wednesday. “The suspects were interviewed and admitted to have made multiple fraudulent purchases of additional iPhones.”
The teens, identified as residents of Oak Park and Southfield, were held at the Oakland County Jail pending charges.