Police searching for man using fake info to obtain phones


Columbus, Ohio - Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly used fake info to purchase cell phones in Upper Arlington.

On July 22, an unidentified man entered the Verizon Wireless store in Upper Arlington. He presented fraudulent information under the name "Clifford Smith" in order to obtain two iPhone XS phones, which value of nearly $2,000.

The suspect then went to another Verizon Wireless store on N. High Street in Columbus to try to obtain the same phones using the same information. However, employees stopped the fraud and the suspect left. The man seen entering the stores has been on security footage.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. Tips can also be submitted through the free P3 Tips mobile app, which is available on the iOS and Android platforms. All tips sent to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.