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Police: Brooklyn man uses phony Massachusetts ID to apply for credit in Pa.

His applications were denied at two Kohl's

L. NAZARETH TWP., Pa. - A Brooklyn man, who was found in an SUV with Texas plates, allegedly tried to open a Kohl’s account using a phony ID from Massachusetts.

Authorities in Northampton County charged Jimmy Aiken Jr. with two felony counts of identity theft and a single misdemeanor count of access device fraud, following his arrest Thursday night outside the Kohl’s department store in Lower Nazareth Township.

Colonial Regional police said Aiken walked up to the customer service desk at the Kohl’s off Route 248 just before 7 p.m. Thursday and tried to apply for a credit card, according to court records. The Massachusetts driver’s license featured his photo and what was later discovered to be a different last name, according to records.

A store employee said Aiken appeared to be taking his demographic information for the application from his cell phone. Police said the application was ultimately denied because the identity used for the application was used in the prior 30 days to apply for another credit card.

Store security was alerted by security from a different location that Aiken had tried to open a Kohl’s account but was denied. Security watched as Aiken climbed into the back of a black SUV with Texas license plates.

Police stopped the vehicle and found Lamar Willis behind the wheel and Aiken in the backseat. An officer identified Aiken with his New York driver’s license, but allegedly found two Massachusetts licenses with his photo and two different names, according to records. Police also found two Visa credit cards in the glove box in those names and a “large of amount of merchandise” in the back of the SUV.

After taking the two men into custody, police allegedly found a Connecticut driver’s license in Willis’s wallet with his picture but with a name and license number that didn’t match any record with the state’s department of motor vehicles.

Police charged the 34-year-old Willis with identity theft and conspiracy.

Both men were arraigned early Friday morning and sent to Northampton County Prison after each failing to post $50,000 bail. Their next court dates are preliminary hearings scheduled for March 23.

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