A trio of men are being held in county jail after two of them tried to buy a Ford pickup truck in Riverhead using “fraudulent” identification Friday afternoon, then ran from police while a third was waiting in a nearby vehicle, according to a Riverhead police news release.
One of the three men, police later learned, was a fugitive from New Jersey wanted for forgery.
Police identified the three suspects as 51-year-old Michael Grayson of the Bronx, 30-year-old Shaun Shuffler of Queens, and 21-year-old Tameek White of Mount Vernon.
According to police, two of the men went to Riverhead Ford on Route 58 about 3:10 p.m. and tried to buy a 2014 F-F150 Raptor pickup truck for $60,500. But, police were called to the store after they discovered the men were used false identification, according to the news release.
When cops arrived at the car dealership, the two men tried to run away, but were caught in the parking lot, police said. A third man was later found waiting nearby, and all three were arrested. Police could not immediately say which men were trying to buy the truck and which man was waiting.
Police later learned Mr. Shuffler was wanted in New Jersey on a misdemeanor forgery charge.
The men were all charged with attempted grand larceny, a felony. In addition, Mr. Grayson was charged with three counts of felony criminal possession of a forged instrument and identity theft. Mr. Shuffler was charged as a “fugitive from justice.”
According to a police source, the men may be connected to a similar incident that occurred at a Ford dealership in Quogue. Details about that incident weren’t immediately available.
Mr. Grayson and Mr. White were arraigned and held in Suffolk County jail on $100,000 bail. Mr. Shuffler was held without bail after his arraignment, according to a jail clerk.