2 arrested in use of fake ID at Best Buy in Westbury

Vanessa Gonzalez, 30, of 2188 Creston Ave., the

Vanessa Gonzalez, 30, of 2188 Creston Ave., the Bronx, and Stephon Corbett, 31, of 147-36 229th St., Springfield Gardens, were arrested Wednesday, June 25, 2014, after police said they bought a television, computer and connection cables worth more than $3,500 using fraudulent identification and a stolen Social Security number at a Best Buy in Westbury. Gonzalez was also charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument. (Credit: NCPD)

Two people trying to buy a TV and other electronics have been charged with grand larceny and identity theft after they used a false ID to try opening a store credit account, police said Thursday.

Police said the two were arrested Wednesday at a Best Buy store on Old Country Road in Westbury when they tried to purchase a television, computer and connection cables worth more than $3,500 using fraudulent identification and a stolen Social Security number.

Vanessa Gonzalez, 30, of 2188 Creston Ave., the Bronx, and Stephon Corbett, 31, of 147-36 229th St., Springfield Gardens, were each charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree identity theft after an alert store manager called police, Nassau County police said in a news release early Thursday.


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Gonzalez also was charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

Police said the incident occurred at about 1:20 p.m. when the two entered the Best Buy and bought the items worth a total of $3,709.51 -- using a stolen Social Security number and identity in an attempt to open a line of credit.

But, police said, the store manager reviewed the purchase and believed the ID might not be valid and called police. Responding officers made the arrests.

The two now face arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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