LI man stole 3 senior citizens' identities to buy iPhones: cops

Darrel Sharpeson
Darrel Sharpeson is accused of stealing senior citizens' identities to purchase iPhones. Photo credit Suffolk County Police Department

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Long Island man was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing the identities of three senior citizens on Long Island to take out loans and buy Apple iPhones, authorities said.

Darrel Sharpeson, 37, is accused of going to multiple Apple stores in several states and using the personal information of three residents of Atria Bay Shore, an assisted living community for seniors on Long Island, to complete loan applications and purchase smartphones in their names.

According to officials, the first case was reported to Suffolk County Police in October 2019.

It remains unclear how many times Sharpeson allegedly purchased the iPhones.

The 37-year-old was arrested following an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department Financial Crimes Unit.

Authorities did not say how Sharpeson was able to access the seniors’ personal information. The investigation remains ongoing.

Sharpeson, of Brentwood, was charged with three counts of identity theft in the first degree and six counts of identity theft in the second degree. His attorney information wasn't immediately available Tuesday.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim of Sharpeson is asked to contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 631-852-6120 or the non-emergency police phone number, 631-852-COPS (2677).