Police in Fontana have arrested two women on suspicion of carrying out a huge identity theft operation. The two were already on probation for burglary.
CBS Los Angeles reports photos of a heap of stolen mail stuffed into backpacks, gym bags and duffel bags were shown Monday by police. Fontana police said the bags contained personal data the two accused women used to fuel their identity theft operation.
Police said the two suspects, Denette Alvarez and Charlina Miller, were trying to break into mailboxes along Beech Avenue when they were caught.
Less than a month ago one of the suspects, Charlina Miller, was arrested on suspicion of trying to cash a fraudulent check.
According to detectives, items such as computers, stolen mail, W-2 forms, ID’s, credit cards, tax and more were found at the suspects’ homes.
Robert Estes said, “It’s been pretty rampant in the area, especially because of the W-2 returns,” “A victim of that is horrible because we work so hard to establish our identity and our credit rating.”
If you’ve ever been a victim of identity theft you know how hard it is to restore your credit.
Fontana police are still going through all the evidence found, but so far, they have identified 250 victims.
Why is there a rise in mail theft? Police say the punishment for these kinds of crimes isn’t as tough as it used to be so that means more mail thefts more often, unfortunately.