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Man Bought $3.6K Of Merchandise After Opening Fake Account At Area Costco, Police Say

Costco on Boston Post Road in Milford.
Costco on Boston Post Road in Milford. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A 58-year-old man attempted to use a fake identity to steal thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Connecticut Costco before fleeing on foot, police said.

Officers from the Milford Police Department were dispatched to Costco on Boston Post Road at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, where employees reported possible fraudulent transactions.

Police said the investigation determined that Bronx resident Stanley Porter opened a line of credit using a false name - Charles Godfrey - and a false social security number to purchase approximately $3,600 worth of merchandise from the store.

According to police, the Costco staff grew suspicious of Porter’s purchases due to the large amount and the purchases being made at three separate times over a 40-minute time frame. When he was approached by suspicious staff members, Porter fled on foot across Boston Post Road before he was eventually detained by staff members until police arrived.

Porter was arrested and charged with forgery, larceny, credit card fraud, identity theft, criminal impersonation, making a false statement and payment card fraud. He is currently being held in lieu of $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.

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