A Bronx man admitted Friday to stealing the identity of fallen state Trooper Timothy Pratt on Oct. 31 — the day of Pratt’s funeral.
Steven Calderon, 32, pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court to first-degree identify theft, a felony, District Attorney Karen Heggen said.
Calderon was arrested Dec. 27 after state troopers said he used Pratt’s information to obtain a $5,000 line of credit from a downstate Home Depot. He then bought a washing machine valued at around $1,000 before going to another Home Depot and trying to buy more items, surpassing the credit line’s $5,000 limit. That aroused suspicions of store employees, who contacted Pratt’s daughter during his funeral at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in his hometown of South Glens Falls, investigators said.
Pratt, 55, died on Oct. 26 after being hit by an SUV in Wilton while he was helping a lost semitrailer driver.
The 30-year state trooper was also an Air Force veteran.
Calderon is due to be sentenced Oct. 17.
click here to read more.