NBC10 Philadelphia - Doug Shimell
14 residents of a housing development in Amity Township, Berks County say they are victims of identity theft. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.
One neighborhood in Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania has been targeted by identity thieves. Police say they suddenly noticed a spike in this type of crime and now they are trying to find a common thread that links all the victims.
“We’re up to 14 cases so far and the interesting aspect is all of the victims live in the same neighborhood. They all live in the Sunset Knoll development of Amity Township,” said Detective Jeffrey Smith, Amity Township Police Department.
Investigators say they have security photos of the alleged thieves going on a spending spree at Nordstrom, Express, Toys "R" Us, Walmart and Home Depot. Thousands of dollars have been charged in New York, New Jersey, California and Tennessee.
One victim, who did not want to be identified, spoke to NBC10's Doug Shimell about the shock she felt after seeing a bill for a credit card account she never opened.
“I looked at my husband and said, 'You didn’t buy anything at Best Buy, did you?' He said, 'No.' I said, 'We got hit.'" In her case, the charges totaled $3,000.
“My whole life I’ve done everything to have perfect credit. And it just blows my mind that somebody can just destroy your credit instantly in one day."