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Police: Islip Terrace woman stole grandmother's identity to buy drugs

Elise Sandberg, who was arrested by Identity Theft

Elise Sandberg, who was arrested by Identity Theft Section detectives on charges that she stole her ailing grandmother's identity, police said. (April 15, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

An Islip Terrace woman was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with stealing thousands of dollars and the identity of her ailing grandmother to support a prescription drug habit, police said.

Suffolk County police arrested Elise Sandberg, 33, at 3:30 p.m. at her home at 255 Islip Blvd., police said.

Sandberg used her grandmother's identity to open a credit card account to pay for Oxycodone prescriptions, police said. Police said she consumed about a dozen pills daily.

Sandberg also used the card to make cash advances, purchase food and pay for other expenses, incurring more than $5,000 in charges over two weeks, police said.

Sandberg is charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree identify theft, authorities said. She will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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