A Norcross man is in Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office custody after allegedly attempting to fraudulently obtain multiple cellphones at a local retailer using a fraudulent identity.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Verizon Wireless store at 2637 Peachtree Parkway on Tuesday, April 9, after a store employee became suspicious of a customer’s story and identification, and called 911, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
Deputies later made contact with a suspect later identified as Alan Almonte, 24, who allegedly initially identified himself as “Norman Catt.” When asked for his address, birthdate and other personal information, the suspect appeared to be “reciting” the personal information from his phone, according to the report.
Store employees told the deputies that Almonte entered the store and claimed that he needed to pick up three iPhones, charged to an account for approximately $5,000. But when the employee contacted the account holder, he was told that suspect was not authorized and the account holder was not in the store or the state.
Almonte was then taken into custody and charged with identify fraud, giving false name to law enforcement and possession of marijuana for a small amount of the substance that was allegedly found on the suspect’s person at the time of his arrest.
Deputies also discovered that Almonte is currently wanted in Hall and Gwinnett counties.
Almonte is being held in the Forsyth County Jail and is under no bond due to the outstanding warrants.