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Identity Thief Apprehended in Las Vegas

Police officers traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend to take in a Norwalk man who fled after defrauding an 88-year-old Greenwich businessman. Eric J. Christian, 26 of 15 Geneva Rd. left Connecticut after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is being charged with first degree Identity Theft, second degree Larceny, Credit Card Theft, Illegal Use of Credit Card, Receiving Goods Illegally and Criminal Impersonation. According to Lt. Kraig Gray, communications officer for the Greenwich Police Department, Christian had two prior convictions of a similar identity theft nature in 2008 and 2009. After being released from prison he went to work for the elderly man and accessed both individual and business accounts. The warrant was the result of a joint investigation by the GPD and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force. The Las Vegas Police Department Fugitive Squad apprehended Christian on July 8. Christian waived extradition to Connecticut and is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court on August 3.

Also from the police blotter:

Edward James Elmore, 46 of 150 Earle St. in Hartford was arrested on charges of sixth degree Attempt at Larceny. Elmore was detained by security at Greenwich Hospital for suspicion of larceny on Tuesday afternoon. An employee in the IT department saw Elmore walking out of the department with a purse in his hand. Several members of the IT department followed Elmore until they restrained him. The six witnesses said they thought Elmore was acting as if he had a gun in his pants while he tried to get away. Officers found Elmore was wanted on felony warrants by New Haven, Glastonbury, Newington, Derby and Simsbury. Elmore also held active extradition warrants in Pennsylvania for parole violations and has several aliases in addition to a lengthy criminal history. He was arrested on charges of first-degree Larceny and is being held on a $100,000 bond. He is expected in court on August 4.

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