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Kent Police Charge Man With Identity Theft

Michale Murphy was charged with identity theft after trying to obtain debit cards and withdrawing money using a fake driver's license.
Michale Murphy was charged with identity theft after trying to obtain debit cards and withdrawing money using a fake driver's license. Photo Credit: Kent Police Department
Christian Jones was charged with drug possession following a traffic stop in Kent.
Christian Jones was charged with drug possession following a traffic stop in Kent. Photo Credit: Kent Police Department
Matthew Patton of Danbury, Conn., was arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop by Kent Police.
Matthew Patton of Danbury, Conn., was arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop by Kent Police. Photo Credit: Kent Police Department

KENT, N.Y. -- A man wanted by Kent police on identity theft charges, was recently nabbed by Ardsley Police when he tried to get a temporary debit card using a fake driver's license at a local bank.

Michael Murphy 62, of the Bronx was wanted by Kent police for obtaining a debit card by using a fake driver's license with his photo on it at the Wells Fargo Bank on Route 52 in June.

When he was attempting to use it to withdraw $2,500, a teller became suspicious and began asking Murphy questions. He then fled the bank, leaving the driver's license behind, said Kent Detective Ray Beauchesne.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, Murphy attempted the same scam at an Ardsley bank, before he was arrested. Ardsely police found a card from the Wells Fargo bank on Murphy and contacted Kent Police, Beauchesne said.

He was charged with identity theft, grand larceny and possession of a fake driver's license. He is being held on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.

In other Kent police news, two Danbury, Conn., men were arrested on charges of possession of heroin and cocaine, and a hypodermic needle, following a traffic stop on Ludingtonville Road on Tuesday, said Sgt. Alex Vanderwoude.

Matthew Patton, 21 and Christian Jones, 22, were interviewed by an officer following the stop. A computer check showed that there was an active warrant for Jones from the New York City Police. A search of both men turned up the drugs and needle, police said.

Patton is being held at the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $1,000 bail or $3,000 bond. Jones is being held on $2,000 bail or $5,000 bond.

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