Two accused of ID theft on Long Island

May 28, 2009 3:04:58 PM PDT
They're accused of looting mailboxes, taking confidential documents including credit cards. Thursday, the men, both from Brooklyn, appeared in court and cops say their crime spree, raiding mailboxes on Long Island was stopped short when an officer in Nassau county, on routine patrol, saw one of the men hiding in the bushes.

Police say your mailbox is the easiest opportunity for identity theft. It's an open book to your life, and they now have two men in custody who they say are perpetual thieves stealing people's mail right out of their mailboxes .

Some people shred their mail after reading it to protect from identity theft but sometimes that's not soon enough. Police say the suspects have been going around stealing credit cards and bank statements from people before they even get to their mailbox.

Officials say a patrol officer noticed what appeared to be a broken down vehicle in the middle of Horace Harding parkway.

But turns out they say 26-year-old Emanuel Soray stopped his black Mercedes in the middle of the road while his alleged accomplice 28-year-old Wes Moise emerged from the woods with a pile of stolen mail in his hands from the adjacent neighborhood.

Authorities say the duo has been arrested multiple times before in NYC for similar identity theft crimes, calling it a simple crime of opportunity.

They say your best defense to protect your financial world is to get a mailbox with a lock, and a spot for the mail carrier to drop envelopes but not retrieve them.

Although the homeowner says its not always fool proof-because there's still an opening.

Police say Emanuel Soray has been arrested three times for stealing mail in NYC.

They say this crime spree involved Brooklyn and Queens in addition to Nassau County.

Web Produced By: Scott Curkin


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