Bronx man accused of stealing identity of fallen state trooper
A Bronx man is facing charges after police say he stole the identity of a New York state trooper who was killed in a car crash in October.
Steven J. Calderon, 31, of the Bronx was arrested Wednesday. Police say he stole the identity of Trooper Timothy Pratt and then used it to open a credit line.
Pratt died in a car accident upstate on Oct. 26.
Police say that on the day of the trooper's funeral on Oct. 31, Calderon applied for and was granted a $5,000 credit line using Pratt's personal information.
He purchased a washing machine at the Home Depot, and then went to another Home Depot and attempted to purchase additional merchandise.
However, employees at the store became suspicious when Calderon reached his credit limit, so they called one of Pratt's family members who happened to be at the funeral service.
Police executed a search warrant at Calderon's home Wednesday. He was jailed on a $50,000 cash to $100,000 bond.
He faces charges of identity theft in the first and second degrees.