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Stamford Man Charged in Darien ID Theft

DARIEN, Conn. – Michael Bell, 43, of Stamford was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 17, and charged with using a Darien man's checking account to pay his cell phone bills. Bell surrendered to Darien police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The Darien man told police someone had accessed his checking account and used it to pay Sprint cell phone bills from March 2010 through May 2011.

A total of $4,846 was paid to an account in the name of Frank White from Bridgeport, which was later determined to be an alias of Bell's. Darien police were alerted to Bell by Stamford police, who had recently arrested him for a similar incident.

Police believe that Bell, who is works in construction, accessed his victim's checking account while doing work on his house. He was charged with identity theft and third-degree larceny. He posted a $1,000 bond and will go to court on Aug. 29.

Also from the police blotter:

Darien police broke up an underage party in the middle of the day on Wednesday, Aug. 17. They received a call at 2:30 p.m. on their anonymous underage drinking tip line that there was a party at a home on Camp Avenue. When they arrived, there were a number of cars parked in the driveway and some kids ran out of the house after they knocked on the door. They went inside and found a beer pong set up, as well as numerous cans of beer. Some kids were hiding in the house to evade arrest.

Police called the parents of the kids at the party, who came and picked them up. The 17-year-old boy who hosted the party was arrested for providing alcohol to minors. He was released on a promise to appear in court on Aug. 24.

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