A Brooklyn barber is spending part of his trip to South Florida behind bars today after police said he used a fake driver license when he fraudulently purchased a $1,320 Chloe handbag and a $495 Burberry coat on a woman’s Bloomingdale’s account.
Boca Raton Police arrested Ariel Michel, 30, at the 5840 W. Glades Road store Monday night. He faces fraud, grand theft and unauthorized possession of a driver license charges. As of Tuesday evening, Michel is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bail.
According to police, Michel went to the store Saturday and bought the handbag, using the name “Miller Robinson” and Elayne Roskin’s store account. When he returned Monday to buy the coat, the sales clerk became suspicious. The police report said Michel told the clerk to look up the account using a Social Security number. He presented a California driver’s license with the name “Miller Robinson,” then said his aunt had authorized him to use her account. “Miller Robinson” was listed as an authorized user.
By this time, the clerk had notified the loss prevention officer, who called Elayne Roskin. She said she didn’t know a “Miller Robinson.” The loss prevention officer alerted authorities, who nabbed Michel as he left the store.
Michel told police he had come to town Friday. He saidhis friend “Sean” put him in touch with a man named “Cash.” Michel said Cash gave him the Bloomingdale’s account information and promised him $150, if he were successful.
Officers found a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license in Michel’s possession. When they reached out to a Chase Bank fraud investigator, the woman contacted the real Miller Robinson, who said his identity had been stolen and that several credit cards have been opened in the Southern U.S. using his name. He said he already filed a police report in South Carolina, where he lives.