CENTERVILLE -- Police said a man's choice to use his brother's identification has landed him in more trouble.
Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child said Jacob James Hoskins' troubles started on Nov. 23, 2013, when he was arrested for shoplifting a flashlight and a butane torch at Walmart.
At that time the Fruit Heights 32-year-old man told police he was Joshua Steven Hoskins, 35, who is his older brother.
He handed the officer an identification card with his brother's name on it and signed the citation handed to him with his brother's name.
"The two are close in appearance and age," Child said about why the officer did not notice the difference.
Hoskins failed to appear for the required court hearing on the shoplifting charge and the judge issued a warrant for the older Hoskins' arrest.
"Then two days ago (Joshua Hoskins) comes into our offices and says there is a warrant for his arrest and it wasn't him, but his brother," Child said.
The officer who was assigned the case came to Centerville from Davis County Sheriff's Office, where he had worked in the jail and just happened to know both men.
"We found credibility in (Joshua Hoskins') claims," Child said.
Child said Jacob Hoskins had been "actively using his brother's name" for different reasons.
Police found Jacob Hoskins in Bountiful at a doctor's office on Thursday, where they arrested him.
Jacob Hoskins was booked in the Davis County Jail on several warrants, plus two counts of theft, one count of forgery and two counts of unlawful use of a financial transaction card. The newest charges are all in connection with the use of his brother's name, Child said.
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