Two men were arrested after police said they used "fake identification to make purchases through a Verizon account" at a cell phone store in North Haven on Monday.
Officers were called to a report of "suspicious activity" at the Verizon Wireless Store on Universal Drive.
Police said 29-year-old Anthony Middletown, who lives in New York, tried to claim he was a Verizon member after using a fake New Jersey license. Police said Middletown, then attempted to purchase a phone and several accessories, which were worth more than $900.
During the attempted transaction, police said Middletown "asked for the purchase to be billed to the victims account."
When officers arrived at the store, Middletown and a man, who was later identified as 29-year-old Kristopher Simmons, fled from the scene. Police said after a short foot chase, they were arrested in the Universal Drive parking lot.
Middletown was charged with criminal impersonation, second-degree forgery, fifth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and fifth-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny. Simmons, who lives in Yonkers, New York, was fifth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and interfering/resisting arrest.
Police said there is an active warrant for Middleton in New Jersey.
Both men are being held on a $40,000 bond and are expected to be arraigned at Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday.
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