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May 20, 2008
QUESTION: Not that long ago the Imperial Valley Press had an article on an arrest made in Westmorland of a lady for identity theft. It was said to be one of the biggest cases of ID theft in the Valley. I was told by another person that the merchandise the lady purchased under the stolen names was itself stolen from the evidence lock-up of the Westmorland Police Department. If it is true, what if anything can be done about this? Is the city of Westmorland going to have to pay back the stores the merchandise was bought from?
February 23, 2008
More than 1,000 people either living in Imperial County or who have spent some time here have joined the unsettling ranks of millions of their fellow Americans by becoming victims of identity theft. A Westmorland woman is suspected of gaining access to credit card and personal information of county residents and visitors in what one sheriff?s investigator has been called the worst case of identity theft he?s seen. What is perhaps most galling is that some of the thefts took place in an unnamed medical office in El Centro.
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | April 24, 2008
Imperial County sheriff?s authorities are looking into whether an additional grand theft case should be sought against an El Centro man who was arrested this week on suspicion of stealing farm equipment. The suspect, identified as 48-year-old Buck Rose, was arrested Monday on five counts of grand theft and possession of stolen property after he was pulled over during a traffic stop, sheriff?s Sgt. Joe Alvarez said Wednesday. Pipes, valves and other property allegedly were found and recovered in a trailer Rose was hauling, Alvarez said.
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | July 25, 2008
CALEXICO ? Auto theft has increased by as much as 10 percent during the first six months of this year from the same time frame last year, and police suspect some residents are allowing their cars to be stolen. Calexico Police Chief Jim Neujahr and other officials believe some car owners who are in deep financial straits let their cars be taken in order to collect on the insurance. Watch video Auto theft in Calexico has gone up dramatically at a time when the nation?
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 15, 2008
An Imperial Valley College employee was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property after several items were taken from the campus in recent weeks. A tip on Tuesday led investigators with the Imperial County Sheriff?s Office to Clemente Flores, 42, who gave authorities permission to check his garage at his El Centro home, said sheriff?s Investigator Cheryl Fowler on Wednesday. At the location, investigators discovered bulk items like toilet paper, binders and a copy machine, Fowler said.
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | June 26, 2010
A suspected armed robber who held up a woman at her home along Highway 111 near McCabe Road was arrested Thursday, an Imperial County sheriff’s sergeant said Friday. The name of the suspect was not available at press time. Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Alvarez said the man is thought to have fled south on the highway after the robbery occurred at a home in the 1400 block of Highway 111. > > Staff Writer Silvio J. Panta can be reached at 760 337-3442 or at spanta@ivpressonline.
By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | May 10, 2007
El Centro police allege a 39-year-old Chula Vista man arrested Wednesday following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash in Calexico is one of the leaders of a vehicle theft ring that has hit El Centro in recent weeks. Police say the theft ring is part of an organization based in San Diego. Arrested Wednesday was Alonso Martinez-Peña, alleged as one leader of the theft ring. He was the driver of a Jeep that crashed near the downtown Calexico Port of Entry following a police pursuit that started in El Centro.
By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | May 16, 2011
A burglary was reported in El Centro’s Executive Inn on Saturday morning. According to El Centro Police Department logs, an unknown suspect removed copper from rooms 28, 44 and 48 with an estimated value of $4,500. The reporting party stated the incident occurred between 2 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The entry point is thought to be an area adjacent to the air-conditioning unit. No evidence or information on the suspects was able to be determined in the initial investigation, according to the logs.
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | December 26, 2011
A 46-year-old Calexico resident was arrested in connection with a theft in progress in the parking area of El Paseo Shopping Center in Calexico about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police Sgt. Victor Legaspi said the individual pulled a 3- to 4-inch blade on two Vaquero store employees who ultimately detained him, Legaspi said. The Hispanic male was turned over to the police, he said, and upon further investigation two credit cards were recovered. The owners of the cards have been located, Legaspi said, and the individual was charged with attempted theft and brandishing a weapon.
May 11, 2007
Fear of crime in any form can be debilitating, and like it or not many people locally have felt debilitated in recent weeks as a rash of connected vehicle thefts have swept the Imperial Valley Mall and southern El Centro. Much like the epidemic of residential burglaries that ran rampant in the Brawley area several months ago, this vehicle theft ring shows just how badly property crimes can ruffle people?s feathers, even more so than the kind of crime that is arguably much worse ?
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