GPD: Unregistered Car and Illegal Parking Lead to Arrest for Identity Theft

Around noon on Oct 7, multiple Greenwich Police officers responded to the intersection of Havemeyer Place and Bruce Place on a report of a white car with New Jersey plates observed to circle the area numerous times before parking illegally at the intersection.

The registration for the car, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, had expired back in April. The driver, later determined to be Carlos Miguel Madera, 30, of 902 Eagle Avenue in Bronx, NY, got out of the car and walked around the corner to the Verizon store on Greenwich Avenue where he remained for an extended period of time.

Police confronted Mr. Madera as he exited the store. He acknowledged he was the driver of the Cobalt and that his driver’s license was suspended.

Police report that they saw Mr. Madera discard items in a trash can. Inside the trash can they found papers that included a name matching the name on paperwork they saw on the rear seat of the Cobalt.

During investigation, Madera was evasive with his answers, originally giving officers an incorrect birth date. He also initially told offers he did not have a cell phone on him, until his phone rang in his pocket and he answered it.

Officers spoke to people at the Verizon store and determined Madera was trying to obtain a SIM card in another person’s name.

Madera was arrested and charged with Operating an Unregistered Vehicle, Operating without a License 1st Offense, Criminal Attempt Identity Theft, Identity Theft 3, and Interfering with an Officer.

His bond was set at $2,500 and he was assigned a court date in Stamford Superior Court on October 16, 2017.