Cops: Bronx man stole fallen State Trooper's personal information

BRONX, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Bronx man has been arrested on charges that he used the personal information of a fallen State Trooper to open up a credit line at Home Depot.

Police arrested 31-year-old Steven Calderon on Tuesday, charging him with first and second-degree identity theft.

Both charges are felonies.

They say Calderon used the personal information from Trooper Timothy Pratt, who was struck and killed by a vehicle in New York’s Capital Region in October.

Investigators say Calderon entered a downstate Home Depot location on Oct. 31 and applied for a $5,000 credit line using Pratt’s personal information.

He bought a washing machine and then went to another Home Depot location to buy more merchandise.

The staff became suspicious, and reached out to Pratt’s family on the same day as his funeral.

Investigators used two search warrants on Tuesday to find evidence that allegedly links Calderon to multiple identity thefts.

Calderon was arraigned in Town of Moreau Court and taken to the Saratoga County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 2.

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