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Man Steals Boss' Identity To Buy A Car, Prosecutors Say

 Kenard Jarrett, 22, is charged with identity theft.
Kenard Jarrett, 22, is charged with identity theft.
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DNAinfo; Chicago Police Department

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Humboldt Park man was arrested this week after stealing his boss's Social Security number and using it to try to get a car loan, prosecutors said.

Kenard Jarrett, 22, got the Social Security number by breaking into his boss's office and rifling through paperwork, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said during a bond hearing Wednesday.

Jarrett, of the 1100 block of North Springfield Avenue, now faces a charge of felony identity theft.

The 52-year-old boss, who owns a moving company, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to police and prosecutors, Jarrett was working as a forklift operator when he broke into his boss's office on June 1.

Jarrett was arrested about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at Chicago Auto Source, 6520 S. Western Ave., after he tried to fraudulently obtain a car loan using his boss as a co-signer, according to court documents.

Jarrett is currently on probation for three burglary cases and one theft case, Antonietti said.

According to his public defender, Jarrett served in the U.S. Army for four years and has one child. His military record could not immediately be confirmed.

Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan on Wednesday set bail at $40,000.

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