A resident on the lookout for a suspected criminal helped Stamford police catch a man wanted for stealing identities and then using the information to purchase expensive phones and tablets.
The resident spotted the bad guy on Tuesday after Stamford detectives had spent hours staking out an area waiting for him to arrive to pick up the fraudulent goods after they were delivered to homes that were either vacant or for sale, said Sgt. Sean Scanlan.
The stakeout took place after Greenwich and Stamford police were notified by Sprint phone security that six packages containing phones and tablets purchased with stolen IDs were supposed to be delivered Tuesday afternoon to homes in the area, Scanlan said.
After watching in the suspected area for hours, police decided to leave at 4:45 p.m. after talking with residents and letting them know what was taking place, he added.
At about 6:30 p.m. a neighbor called and said they had just seen a car around a home for sale and gave a description.
Minutes later, officer Gregory Rakoczy pulled the car over and detained the driver, Michael Nunoo, 29, of Albany.
Once detectives arrived back on scene they found several boxes containing 18 phones and four iPads, Scanlan said.
Scanlan said the investigation is ongoing and they expect additional charges and arrests in the future.
Nunoo was charged with two counts each of larceny and identity theft. He was turned over Wednesday to Connecticut State Marshalls on $100,000 bond.
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