COLONIE -- Two Schenectady women have been arrested in a scheme to use stolen identities to make bank withdrawals, police said.
Heather N. Hoyt, 43, of Germania Avenue, and Shakia M. McGough, 31, of State Street, were arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree forgery and other charges. Hoyt also faces a first-degree identity theft count, police said.
The investigation began just before 2 p.m. Saturday when police received a call from the Wolf Road Citizens Bank about a potentially fraudulent $3,000 withdrawal in progress, police said.
Officers arrived as Hoyt exited the bank and got into a vehicle driven by McGough. Police stopped and interviewed them and both gave officers false names, police said.
Police determined the pair were involved in an ongoing scheme to use fraudulent identification and stolen identity information to attempt bank withdrawals and obtain credit cards, police said.
The identities used were of victims from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Police believe the pair had been attempting to use the identities or others throughout the region in the past week.
The investigation is continuing, including into how the victims' identities had been compromised, police said.
The charges filed relate to events from Saturday. Further charges are possible, police said.
Any stores or people who believe they were victimized by Hoyt or McGough are asked to contact their local police department or the Colonie Police Investigations Division at 518-783-2754.
Hoyt also faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal impersonation and attempted grand larceny. McGough faces an additional count of misdemeanor criminal impersonation, police said.
The pair were arraigned. Hoyt was ordered held and McGough released to probation supervision, police said.