Two Brooklyn men face identity theft charges in Park Ridge

Two Brooklyn men face identity theft charges in Park Ridge

PARK RIDGE — Two Brooklyn men are accused of identity theft after they allegedly tried to exchange several hundred dollars worth of gift cards for new ones in a borough supermarket Sunday, authorities said.

Jeffrey D. Laroche, 30, and Stanley S. Diogene, 22, are charged with various identity theft and drugs offenses, according to Park Ridge police Capt. Joseph Rampolla.

Laroche is also charged with giving police a fake Florida driver’s license, obstructing the administration of law, hindering prosecution and resisting arrest.

Diogene and Laroche allegedly exchanged the original gift cards with victims’ names on them for ones that were not tied to an identity at the A&P supermarket on Kinderkamack Road around 5 p.m.

When authorities questioned them after their activity was reported to police, Diogene admitted they’d been at the supermarket and Laroche ran out of their rental car, Rampolla said.

Laroche fled into Montvale and allegedly tried to open a car door near a Taco Bell before the driver drove away. He was arrested by Officer John Gleason.

Police hope to speak to the driver who they believe is an innocent passerby. Authorities may add a carjacking charge for Laroche, Rampolla said.

Both men were sent to the county jail on $75,000 bail.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 201-391-5400.

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