STAMFORD-Two Bronx men were charged with trying to purchase two expensive cell phones by charging them to an account they had no right using, police said.
Sgt. Simon Blanc said police were called to the Sprint Store in the Bulls Head Shopping Center at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the report of someone impersonating an account holder while trying to purchase two cell phones.
Police arrived at the store and talked to the assistant manager who said the man, later identified as Ruben Santana-Polanco, 36, tried to purchase two iPhone 7 Plus phones, each worth $870.
But the assistant manager said the account Santana-Polanco was trying to use had been red flagged because of similar problems of people trying to wrongfully charge items to it in the past.
After looking up the account and seeing that Santana-Polanco was not on the account and the fact that instructions expressly said new phones would only be ordered through an e-mail if needed, the assistant manager became suspicious.
While Santana-Polanco was at the counter, the manager slipped into the back room and called 911 requesting a swift police response.
Another man, believed to be Santana-Polanco’s partner, was arrested after he drove out of the shopping center parking lot while police were watching for just such a move from an accomplice.
Andy Sanchez-Mena, 26, was charged with conspiracy to commit identity theft and fourth-degree larceny while Santana Polanco was charged with attempted identification theft and fourth-degree larceny.