STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford police charged a suspect in connection with identity theft Wednesday, Sgt. Peter diSpagna said.
The suspect, James “Sparrow” Garran-Samfo, 35, of the Bronx, was accused of sending runners to Stamford to pick up three HP laptop, which were purchased with others information on-line, in May of 2012, diSpagna said.
According to diSpagna, police were tipped off to a suspected case of identity theft, where three laptops were purchased with on-line and were being delivered to a home in Stamford. While monitoring the home police saw a FedEx driver attempt to deliver the laptops, but no one was home, and he left. Shortly after two men drove “slowly” passed the home looking in the driveway, then took off.
“Everything just didn’t mesh,” diSpagna said adding that he then followed the vehicle and stopped it on High Ridge Road. One of the two had a fake license with his picture with the Stamford address in the car, he said.
Police charged the two men, Ibrahim Musa, 27, and Emeka Ukazu, 25, both of the Bronx, with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny, diSpagna said. Investigators followed up with the case, which is what brought them to Garran-Samfo, he said.
The suspect was charged in New York with being a fugitive from justice last month, and fought extradition to Stamford until Wednesday, after a Governor’s Warrant was received, diSpagna said. Garran-Samfo is also wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation to the Sudan, the sergeant said.
Garran-Samfo was charged with trafficking personal identifying information, conspiracy to commit to third-degree identity theft, attempt to commit third-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit criminal attempt at third-degree larceny, police said. He was held on a $100,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court of Feb. 27, diSpagna said.