UNION VALE, N.Y. -- A Union Vale resident had her identity stolen after a local man opened a Capitol One credit card in her name and then attempted to purchase a car in California, according to New York State Police.
Troopers responded to a Union Vale home on Wednesday, Aug. 3, to investigate a reported identity theft.
The victim told police that someone had opened a Capitol One credit card using her social security number and name. The victim also found out that the suspect had used her personal identification to attempt to purchase a 2015 Subaru at a California car dealership.
An investigation revealed that Alexander Junke, 20, of Union Vale, had opened the credit card and attempted to purchase the car by forging the family member’s name, as the purchaser, on a loan application. The vehicle sale was cancelled before Junke could finalized the transaction.
Junke was arrested at his home and charged with forgery, attempted identity theft, attempted grand larceny, and falsifying business records.
He is being held at the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $35,000 cash bail or $75,000 bond. He is due to appear in the Town of Union Vale Court on Aug. 10.
Troopers said the investigation is on-going and Junke may face additional charges.