Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Identity Theft Arraigned in District Court

May 15, 2024

News – Sheridan Media


A 25-year-old Bronx, New York man charged with multiple felonies was arraigned Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has the details.

Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Identity Theft Arraigned in District Court

On April 23, 2024, a manager with Verizon in Sheridan contacted dispatch with the Sheridan Police Department to report a man was in the Verizon store at 1875 Coffeen Avenue purchasing cellular phones with fraudulent credit cards. When an officer with the SPD arrived on scene, the suspect fled the scene in a car driven by a co-defendant that was parked in the Albertson’s parking lot. The vehicle was located by law enforcement on Interstate 90 shortly after the incident and Rangel Diaz was placed under arrest for a number of alleged crimes involving theft and identity theft.

Diaz, at an arraignment hearing Tuesday in District Court, pleaded not guilty to two counts of identity theft, one count of theft and one count of attempted theft. District Court Judge Darci Phillips scheduled a three-day jury trial to begin on Monday, September 16. A pretrial conference was set for August 27 at 9:30 am. Judge Phillips denied a request to modify the defendant’s bond from a $35,000 cash only bond.

According to court documents, Diaz allegedly used a stolen identity to purchase two iPhone 15 Pro Max cell phones at the Verizon store at 1415 North Main Street in Sheridan on April 22, and was attempting to do the same thing on April 23 at the Verizon store 1875 Coffeen Avenue when law enforcement was alerted to the illegal activity. Diaz is also a suspect in a number of other cases in multiple states where he is suspected of using stolen identities or Verizon PIN numbers to purchase cellular phones. If convicted on all four counts, Diaz faces up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $40,000.

More from Tuesday’s docket in District Court:

An arraignment was held Tuesday in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan for 17-year-old Braden Hood for the charge of felony theft. Hood pleaded not guilty to the charge and District Court Judge Darci Phillips scheduled a two-day jury trial for September 16 and 17. A pretrial conference will take place in District Court on August 27 at 10 am. Hood’s bond was continued under the same terms and conditions that were previously set in Circuit Court.

According to court documents, Hood was charged with felony theft for allegedly using a debit card that did not belong to him to make a number of purchases totalling $1,554.77 at various businesses in Sheridan between March 19 and March 22 of this year. The crime of felony theft is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. 


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