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Belle Isle police warn residents of possible fraud, identity theft

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BELLE ISLE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Belle Isle police officers are urging residents to take a close look at their bank and credit card statements.  This, after arresting Albert Surens Velazquez for stealing mail and impersonating a police officer. 

"He was going into mailboxes that were closest to the road and taking mail out, at which time he would go through it and just use what he could, in order to defraud people," said Detective Bill Parsell.

Michael Shenefelt is one of the victims.  He had been waiting for a new credit card to come in the mail.

"After a week or two, I started calling my bank saying, 'Where are these cards?'" said Shenefelt.  Then a strange note was left on his front door, "saying this is special agent police officer Garcia, call this number." 

Something seemed off so the Shenefelts checked their home surveillance video.  It showed a strange man who didn't look like an officer leaving that note.  Michael's mother called the number left on the note. 

"It was a man that spoke so-so English, so my mom spoke to him in Spanish.  He was very insistent that I call him back from my number, he needs to speak with me, because he has evidence that I was involved in a hit and run crash, which is entirely not true," said Shenefelt. 

He reported the activity to Belle Isle Police and showed them the surveillance video.

Detective Parsell recognized the man as the suspect in a stolen mail and check fraud case reported by one of the Shenefelt's neighbors.  The detective says it's clear what he was doing at the Shenefelt's. 

"He was trying to get a phone number from my victim to activate the credit card," said Detective Parsell.

When Belle Isle Police arrested Velasquez, they say they found one of the victim's credit cards on him and mail from 3 of three of their neighbors in his home.  

Belle Isle police say the suspect was targeting homes Hoffner Avenue, but say this could happen anywhere.  Detectives say that's why it's so important that you always look at your bank and credit card statements regularly and that you check your credit scores.

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