3 Charged In Cellphone Theft Ring

(WEST HARTFORD,Conn./CBS Connecticut)  –  West Hartford Police have made three arrests and the investigation is continuing into  an elaborate   theft ring .Police say fraudulent  cellphone accounts were  set up using  the addresses, and personal information of town residents  and involved the delivery of multiple iPhones  to those addresses.Some packages   were  delivered and then stolen  by those involved   following  a UPS truck.Police say   some packages were declared delivered by  a  UPS driver but were not.

During surveillance of two addresses for an expected fraudulent  delivery, a transaction was observed  between a UPS driver and  two other men.

27 year old Ramone Sooman of  West Hartford  is charged with  Conspiracy to  Commit Larceny and  Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft, 26 year old  Andre Duffus of Plantation, Florida and UPS driver,52 year old David Bagot of Hartford  are charged with   Larceny and Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft.

A total of  216  devices  are missing and believed to be stolen. They have a value of nearly $178,000.

Police believe the fraud ring is  based in Florida and has struck in multiple states.

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