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By Michelle Laczkoski/Daily News staff
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Posted Oct 02, 2008 @ 09:45 PM

MILFORD -
A Hopedale resident listening to a police scanner Wednesday night helped her neighbor and police catch an identity thief, police said.
Police said a woman stole chicken and cheese from Hannaford Supermarket on Medway Road around 7 p.m. and fled the store.
A store manager, who described the suspect as a white female with red hair, a dark jacket and pink Croc shoes, said she headed in the direction of Oliva's Market on East Main Street.
Police Officer Dustin Testa stopped the woman on East Main Street, where she identified herself as Maja Romeo, but could not provide her Social Security number.
Romeo's neighbor, who lives on Dutcher Street in Hopedale, heard the banter on a police radio and tipped off Romeo and police.
As Testa arrested the woman, Maja Romeo called Milford Police from her Hopedale home and notified authorities of the scheme.
"(Romeo) stated that her neighbor was listening to the scanner and heard her name on the police radio and that she had been arrested," Testa's report read. "This had happened twice in the past and she knew the girl using her name was (Aimee)."
Aimee Hardiman eventually confessed to police she was not Maja Romeo and was charged with additional offenses.
Hardiman, 31, of 3 Parliament Drive, Franklin, was arrested and charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise, second offense, furnishing a false name, identity fraud and intimidating a witness.
Romeo, 31, of 169 Dutcher St., Hopedale, said she has had "issues in the past with her identity being stolen," but would not provide further details regarding her relationship with Hardiman.
She also did not name her neighbor who heard the incident over a police scanner.
Hardiman was also wanted on several warrants out of Framingham and Malden district courts for possession of a Class A substance, driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and shoplifting, police said.
The outcome of her arraignment in Milford District Court was not available yesterday afternoon.

http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x232979877/Neighbor-helps-foil-identity-theft
 
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