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Crime & Cases December 28, 2012  RSS feed

Caught Trying To Get Phony Card

NYPD Traffic Agent Busted At Rego Pk. Mall
by Sam Goldman

A Brooklyn woman and her mother were arrested in a Rego Park shopping mall on Saturday, Dec. 22 after they allegedly attempted to open a credit card to pay for purchases using false information.

Dena and Erika Armstrong of Herkimer Street in Crown Heights were arraigned the next day on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property .

Erika Armstrong is reportedly an off-duty NYPD traffic agent.

According to police reports, employees at the Sears at 96-05 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park saw 22-year-old Erika Armstrong and 43-year-old Dena Armstrong picking up over $1,000 in items throughout the store last Saturday at about 1 p.m.

When they approached the cash register, Erika Armstrong allegedly attempted to open a Sears credit card under another name to purchase the items using a Pennsylvania driver’s license.

When challenged, Erika was allegedly unable to recite the address on the driver’s license or correctly pronounce the last name on the license, and eventually admitted that she was attempting to open a phony card, according to law enforcement.

Police officers reportedly recovered two Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and two credit cards from Erika Armstrong which were opened using other names.

Both Erika and Dena Armstrong were released on their own recognizance; they will next appear in court on Jan. 7, 2013.