State Police: Man Stole Slain Trooper's Identity
New York State Police have arrested a man they believe stole the identity of a cop killed in a car crash earlier this year.
State Police say Bronx resident Steven Calderon stole the identity of Trooper Timothy Pratt. Pratt was killed in October after he was struck by a passing vehicle while assisting a motorist in the Saratoga County town of Wilton.
Troopers say days later, Calderon opened a line of credit at a Home Depot store to purchase $5,000 worth of items.
Suspecting suspicious activity, Home Depot staff contacted a member of Pratt’s family on the day of his funeral to verify the payments.
Calderon is in jail and is facing felony charges.