Man Steals Dead Trooper's Identity, Buys Washing Machine on Day of Funeral: Police - NBC New York

Man Steals Dead Trooper's Identity, Buys Washing Machine on Day of Funeral: Police

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    Steven Calderon, 31, was arrested Tuesday after a two-month investigation.

    What to Know

    • Trooper Timothy Pratt was struck and killed by a car on Oct. 26

    • Five days later, on the day of Pratt's funeral, Steven Calderon allegedly used the dead trooper's info to buy a washing machine

    • Home Depot workers at another store got suspicious when the man tried to buy more goods and contacted Pratt's daughter after the funeral

    A 31-year-old Bronx man stole the identity of a state trooper killed in the line of duty and used it to purchase a washing machine on the day of the lawman's funeral, authorities say. 

    State police say their investigation began shortly after Trooper Timothy Pratt was struck and killed by a vehicle on Oct. 26 in front of the trooper barracks in Wilton. 

    Officials say on Oct. 31, the day of Pratt's funeral, Steven Calderon of the Bronx used Pratt's personal information to get a $5,000 line of credit and bought a washing machine at a downstate Home Depot.

    Workers at another Home Depot became suspicious when he attempted to buy more goods; they contacted Pratt's daughter after the funeral. 

    Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor For the City of New York

    Calderon is being held in the Saratoga County jail. His public defender couldn't be reached for comment.

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