Thursday, September 27, 2012
An alleged identity thief was arrested in Greenwich Wednesday on a Westport police warrant, police said today. It was the second arrest in two months of the suspect who led police on a two-hour manhunt in July before being arrested in a Hillandale Road backyard for attempted bank fraud.
Eric Christian, 29, of Norwalk was arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court today and remanded to the Bridgeport Correctional facility for failure to post a $500,000 bond. He is charged with third-degree identity theft, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge for criminal impersonation stemming from an April 19 complaint filed by First County Bank.
On July 18, after a two-hour search involving state troopers and a state police K-9 unit, Westport police arrested Christian for involvement in an attempted larceny at a bank on Post Road West. A 22-year-old West Haven woman was also arrested. (See WestportNow July 18, 2012)
According to police, Christian has an extensive history of bank fraud and criminal impersonation. The investigation was conducted by the Westport Police Department’s Detective Bureau.
Posted 09/27/12 at 02:33 PM
Identity theft is becoming a real problem not only here in the United States but also around the world. The recent events of large chain stores such as Target certainly makes one nervous when making purchases. I do a lot of purchasing online but primarily at large stores such as Amazon and Walmart. I have never had any situation that resulted in or could have resulted in identity theft. I also have my money spread out over several banks. The banks I use alert me when Chargers are being made to my debit card, the charge goes over a fixed amount, and in one case there is a maximum amount that I allow to be charged to my debit card. These measures seem to be working fine and hopefully are protecting me to some degree against identity theft.