Woman Tries to Buy Over $1,800 in iPhones Using Fraudulent ID Card: Southington Police

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A woman is facing multiple charges after trying to buy over $1,800 in iPhones using a false identification card with an existing customer's name on it at Simply Wireless (Verizon) in Southington, police said. 

Police responded to the cell phone store at 750 Queen Street to investigate after a store employee reported that a customer committed identity theft. That customer, identified as Maribel Hidalgo, 19, of Bronx, New York, tried to buy two iPhone 6S Plus phones valued at about $1,829 using a fraudulent identification card that bore the name of another customer, police said. The employee called police after growing suspicious and figuring out that the transaction wasn't authorized, police said. 

Southington police arrested Hidalgo, charging her with third-degree identity theft, credit card theft, criminal impersonation and criminal attempt to commit fourth-degree larceny. 

She was held on a $50,000 cash/surety bond and appeared in court on Friday. 

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