Duo Arrested for Trying to Buy iPhone X Fraudulently from Verizon

On Friday afternoon Greenwich Police became aware of possible fraudulent activity at the Verizon Wireless store at 315 Greenwich Avenue.

Officers were able to gather enough information to determine that a male suspect identified as Alberto Emilio Lopez-Abreu 18, of Park Terrace in New York, NY had attempted to purchase an iPhone X retailing at $999 using the identifying information of someone else who had an account with Verizon Wireless.

Alberto Emilio Lopez-Abreu Dec 10, 2018 Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

Jacob Guttierrez Dec 10, 2018 Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

Officers detained Mr. Lopez-Abreu and another man, Jacob R Guttierrez, 20, of Vermilyea Ave in New York, NY who were in their vehicle parked nearby.

Officers spoke with both men and determined that they had traveled together to Greenwich to commit fraudulent activity.

“They were trying to use someone else’s account to purchase a phone,” said Lt Slusarz at Monday’s press briefing, adding that the two men did not actually get the phone.

Also, officers located a small amount of green leafy substance in the vehicle that was suspected to be marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia belonging to Mr. Guttierrez.

Mr. Lopez-Abreu  was charged with Criminal Attempt Larceny 4, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 4, Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft 3, and Identity Theft 3.

Guttierrez was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Less than 1/2 Oz Cannabis, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 4, and Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft 3.

Their bond was set at $2,500 each and they share a court date in Stamford Superior Court on Dec 21, 2018.