Scottsdale PD: ID theft suspect out on bond, strikes again

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A man already out on bond for identity theft, has been arrested again for using a separate victim's credit cards and checks to pay for a hotel room and condo rental.

Scottsdale police say 39-year-old Gene Braxton, whom they call a "fulltime identity thief," was captured for a second time in four weeks on July 17 near 7th Street and McDowell Road.

On June 2, Braxton allegedly stole a woman's wallet while in a grocery store near 75th Street and Indian School Road. He reportedly used the credit cards at several nearby stores before renting a hotel room at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Police say about a month later he leased a north Scottsdale condo, writing a fraudulent check for about $4,600.

Braxton was already out of jail on bond for another identity theft incident, where he allegedly used another man's identity to get a $58,000 loan to buy a BMW.

He's been charged with multiple counts of forgery and fraudulent schemes.

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