Two Baltimore men charged with identity theft
Two Baltimore men remain in York County Prison on $100,000 bail each for opening a line of credit under the name of a South Carolina man and purchasing items in his name, according to police.
Termaine Scott, 41, is charged with identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft, forgery, theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception, and Mamdou A. Sall, 27, is charged with identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft, theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception, according to documents.
On Friday, around 4:15 p.m., Springettsbury Township police responded to Boscov's at the York Galleria mall for report of a fraud, according to documents. Investigation revealed Scott and Sall used fraudulent information to open a line of credit under the name of James Scott, of South Carolina, to purchase items at the store, according to police.
Police say that on Friday, the two applied for a line of credit from the store, where Scott presented an ID in the name of James Scott, of South Carolina. The sales associate told police Sall was standing beside Scott as he applied for the line of credit, documents state.
Once the line of credit was approved, Scott signed for the credit and was given a temporary credit card, documents state. Police say the two selected items to purchase from the jewelry department, when a loss-prevention employee was notified. The loss-prevention employee then saw the two men select men's clothing and found the activity suspicious, calling Boscov's corporate investigations, documents state.
Corporate investigations reached out to James Scott in South Carolina to verify the line of credit; James Scott told them he did not open a line with Boscov's and that someone had attempted to open a line of credit in his name the day before for Home Depot, documents state. The two men then purchased men's clothing and jewelry, totaling $2,794.83, using the Boscov's temporary credit card, police said.
Then Termaine Scott picked up three bottles of cologne, totaling $265, and purchased it with the temporary card, documents state. The loss-prevention officer watched the two men leave the store in a blue Chrysler, which police were able to locate while responding to the scene, police said.
When police pulled the men over, they showed their Maryland driver's licenses, documents state. Police say the loss-prevention employee identified the men and police took them into custody.
Police conducted a search and found Termaine Scott had a Visa card in the name of James Scott and Sall had a Florida driver's license for "Dale Mills," documents state. Police said the picture on Mills' license matched Sall's, but they could not find any record of him.
Police then contacted James Scott and told him Termaine Scott and Sall were in custody, and James Scott told police he did not know them, police said.
Upon receiving a search warrant, police looked through their vehicle, where documents state that they found a South Carolina driver's license and a BJ's store card for James Scott, with Termaine Scott pictured on each. Police say on the driver's side door pocket, where Sall was sitting, they found four credit cards in the name of Thomas Jones and a trackfone. They also found the merchandise purchased from Boscov's as well as the line of credit application from Boscov's with the forged signature of James Scott, documents state.
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