Trumbull police arrest Latvian man for credit card theft
A Latvian man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for larceny in the third degree, credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, identity theft in the second degree and criminal impersonation at Queens County Courthouse in New York around 1 p.m. Monday, July 20.
Trumbull police delivered the federal warrant for Kristaps Freimanis, 26, who was brought back to Connecticut a for court appearance Tuesday, July 21.
Police said the arrest stemmed from illegal activity that took place in August 2014 at the Best Buy at the Hawley Lane Mall. On Aug. 21, 2014, a man was arrested for trying to purchase over $6,000 worth of items with a counterfeit credit card.
Based on a report from the store’s manager, police determined that a similar incident had taken place the day before, on Aug. 20, 2014, when a second suspect got away with purchasing $6,329 worth of items with a counterfeit credit card.
Police said that this suspect was Freimanis, who, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation, had flown into the country with two other Latvian nationals on July 19, 2014.
ICE has seized Freimanis’s passport, police said, and he was being held on a $500,000 bond.
Trumbull police said Freimanis and his associates flew into Texas and made their way up to the Northeast.
“They were supposed to be going to Mexico on a vacation,” said Officer Kelly Gonzalez. “They never went across the border and we don’t know if they ever really wanted to cross it. They apparently got their hands on some illegal credit cards and started making purchases until they made their way to Connecticut.”
Officer Gonzalez added that none of three men were in the country on a work visa.
Police did not know how Freimanis was detained in New York.