Police say a Dutchess County man opened up a credit card in a family member’s name and then used the card to buy a car.

New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie arrested Alexander J. Junke, 20, of Union Vale for forgery, attempted identity theft, attempted grand larceny, and falsifying business records, all felonies.

On August 3, Troopers were dispatched to a Union Vale residence to investigate a reported identity theft. The victim told police that someone opened a Capitol One credit card using her social security number and name.

The victim also learned that the suspect also used her personal identification to attempt to purchase a 2015 Subaru at a California car dealership.

According to police, their investigation revealed Junke fraudulently opened the Capitol One credit card utilizing the complainant’s personal identification. Additionally, he attempted to purchase the 2015 Subaru by forging the family member’s name, as the purchaser on a loan application.

The vehicle sale was cancelled before the defendant finalized the transaction. The investigation is ongoing and Junke may face additional charges, officials say.

Junke was arraigned in the Town of Union Vale Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $35,000 cash bail or $75,000 bond. He is due to appear in the Town of Union Vale Court on August 10.

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