NEW CANAAN — Police charged a New York City man with identify theft after a car accident in Massachusetts revealed him to be in possession of multiple fake IDs, including one in the name of a New Canaan resident.

The New Canaan resident noticed fraudulent credit cards opened in their name back in January 2016. Then, on March 31, 2016, New Canaan police received a report from officers in Amherst, Mass. about a car accident involving a U-Haul truck operated by Sinke Merim Zewge. The New York City resident’s U-Haul contained several fake IDs, including one connected to the victim in New Canaan.

New Canaan police were able to trace Zewge to the fraudulent credit cards and purchases made under the New Canaan victim’s name. Officers located Zewge at a prison in upstate New York. When he completed his sentence, Zewge was transported to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y., where New Canaan police collected him on March 30.

The 34-year-old was charged with forgery and identity theft. He was held in lieu of a $25,000 bond ahead of a March 31 court date.; @erin_kayata