2 Bronx men face identity theft charges in Westport

Mamadu Saidu Sowe, left, and Anthony Ikenna Okefor, right, were arrested Thursday afternoon after attempted larceny and identity theft (Photo: Westport Police Department)

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Westport officers chased down two suspects involved in an attempt to open cell phone accounts using fraudulent documentation.

Westport Police responded to the Wireless Zone on the Post Road at 2:14 p.m. on Thursday. Employees there had reported that two men tried to open accounts using fraudulent identification and credit. The complainant told police that when they questioned the validity of the cards, the suspects fled the store.

While officers responded to the Verizon store, other officers began scanning the area. They were looking for the vehicle the suspects were seen leaving in, as described by the store’s security guard. Police say Officer Shawn Sember spotted the vehicle turning southbound off of the Post Road onto the Sherwood Island Connector. He stopped the car two blocks up, at Greens Farms Road, but as he approached the car, it sped off, westbound on Greens Farms.

Pursuing the car again, Officer Perez jumped ahead of the pursuit, laying down stop sticks on Compo Road South, police say. Approaching this, the suspects pulled over.

Mamadu Saidu Sowe and Anthony Ikenna Okefor, of the Bronx, were positively identified by police, and subsequently arrested. Sowe was charged with attempt to commit larceny, unlawful reproduction of a credit card, identity theft, criminal impersonation, forgery, engaging police in a pursuit, and reckless driving. Okefor was charged with conspiracy to commit larceny, and conspiracy to commit identity theft.

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