Cops: Man tried to buy diamond jewelry with fraudulent credit
Updated 4:00 pm, Thursday, April 21, 2016
FAIRFIELD — A call to police about “suspicious” men trying to enter Lenox Jewelers on Black Rock Turnpike Monday morning led to the arrest of a Massachusetts man.
Damani Riley, 21, of Webster, Mass., was charged with eight counts of second-degree forgery, and one count each of illegal use of a credit card and criminal attempt at third-degree larceny.
Police were alerted by jewelery store staff after two men, wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled down, come to the locked door. An employee of the store — the target of several robberies over the last few years — said the men would not remove the hoods, so they were not allowed to enter. When she asked the men what they wanted, she said they simply stared at her, then got into a black Infiniti with Rhode Island license plates and drove away.
An officer patroling Black Rock Turnpike, stopped in the parking lot of J. Albert Johnson Jewelers, spotted the Infiniti in that store’s lot. The officer said three men came out of J. Albert Johnson’s, got into the Infiniti and drove off.
After the car made a wide turn onto Katona Drive, crossing the road’s double-yellow traffic line, the car was stopped.
At the second jewelry store, the men allegedly tried to purchase a $2,000 pair of diamond stud earrings with a fraudulent credit card, in the name of Brandon Hendricks. One of the passengers in the Infiniti, later identified as Riley, had seven more credit cards in his possession, all in the name of Brandon Hendricks.
Riley was taken into custody and held on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear April 2 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.