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Man caught red-handed in attempted ID theft

Man caught red-handed in attempted ID theft



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Randall Jeppesen reportingA Louisiana man is in trouble in Orem after he tries to use a stolen identity to get credit at an electronics store.

The suspect was applying for credit in the Orem Best Buy store. He showed ID, filled out all the paper work, and while the application was being processed a bank called the store.

Bank officials said the guy applying for credit lived in California and they had just talked to him. Then the man whose stolen identity was being used called the store saying he wasn't in Utah and asked them to call the police.

"Really, if you think about it, to have that all happen while the suspect is still there in the store, it really worked out well," said Lt. Doug Edwards, spokesman for the Orem Police Department.

Edwards says when police arrived at the store, the suspected bolted out into oncoming traffic on University Avenue, almost causing several wrecks. But he was soon arrested when police found him hiding under a parked car.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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