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October 19, 2009

Arizon identity theft victim helps police catch identity thief while on vacation in France

An Arizona resident was on vacation in France when he was contacted by his bank about suspicious charges showing up on his account.  The unnamed Arizonan immediately contacted the Scottsdale, Arizona authorities and informed them that there were fraudulent charges being made with credit cards he had left at his Scottsdale apartment.  Additionally, the man told police that several delivery companies had contacted him about purchases that were to be delivered to his apartment that day.

Police checked his apartment at 1:30 a.m. and, while empty, it was clear that someone had been there and, since the identity thief had apparently scheduled deliveries to the apartment of his illegally purchased items for later that day, the police decided that the identity thief would likely return to the apartment.  The police kept the apartment under surveillance until 7:30 a.m., when detectives arrived to wait inside the apartment.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., Neil Freemore, the identity thief suspect, exited an adjacent apartment and walked into the victim's apartment, where the detectives took him into custody.  Sealing the deal, so to speak, Freemore had in his possession the victim's credit card when he arrived at the victim's apartment. 

Police executed a search warrant on the adjacent apartment and found items belonging to the victim, including clothing, electronics, and other personal items, as well as drug paraphernalia.  The drug paraphernalia led to the arrest of Freemore's roommate Jayne Ozlen on drug charges.  Freemore was charged with burglary, theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft and drug possession.

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