A Brooklyn man who attempted to intercept a UPS delivery to a home in Syosset on Tuesday was arrested and charged with identity theft and other crimes, police said.
Nassau County police said the package contained an American Express card and that the homeowner told them she had been the victim of identity theft -- and that the card was a replacement for one reported lost by "an unknown person."
Police could not immediately say if the suspect, identified as Emmanuel Ladipo, 28, of 360 Snediker Ave., was the person who reported the card stolen -- or who ordered the replacement card.
He was arrested on charges of first-degree identity theft, fourth-degree attempted grand larceny, petty larceny and with five vehicle and traffic law offenses. He is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said Ladipo was arrested at 4:50 p.m. while sitting in his car not far from the house where the attempted interception occurred.
That home is on Marlene Drive, police said.
Police said that as the UPS driver approached the home earlier he was stopped by Ladipo, who claimed to be the homeowner and stated the package being delivered was his.
The driver told Ladipo he could not give him the package without the proper identification, police said, adding that Ladipo then left the area.
The driver told the homeowner to call 911.
Police said an investigation revealed that earlier in the day Ladipo was seen ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door of another home, then took an envelope from the mailbox when no one answered.