Trio Face ID, Credit Card Theft Charges After Fleeing Police

It all started with the purchase of cigarettes with a stolen credit card and ended in a car chase and the arrests of three suspects.


A trio from New York City face a plethora of ID and credit theft charges as well as interfering with police after Greenwich Police stopped them after a high-speed chase through Riverside.

According to a Greenwich Police report, the incident began early Nov. 26 at the Walgreens on East Putnam Avenue in Riverside when one of the two suspects was recognized by store personnel as the person who two weeks earlier purchased cigarettes with what turned out to be a stolen credit card.

When police arrived, the pair were walking out towards a waiting car, according to the report. Ignoring orders to stop, the trio reportedly took off at a high rate of speed heading west on East Putnam Avenue, ignoring police lights and sirens. Police saw items being tossed from the car windows until they were stopped at the intersection of Sheephill Road about 2:10 a.m.

Police found several pre-paid credit cards, some of which were determined to have been altered, according to the report.

The suspects were identified as Jerome B. Harris, 27; the driver, Stephon M. McDonald Jr., 24, and Kahlil D. Ramsey, 18, all of Brooklyn, NY.

All three were charged with four counts each of unlawful reproduction of a credit card, credit card theft and illegal use of a credit card; one count each of receiving goods or services obtained by illegal use of a credit card, third-degree identity theft, interfering with an officer and littering.

McDonald, the driver, also was charged with speeding, disobeying the order of an officer, engaging in a pursuit, failure to obey a traffic signal, failure to obey a stop sign and failure to have headlights illuminated.

All three were held in lieu of $30,000 bond each and scheduled to appear Nov. 30 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


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