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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 19, 2012
CALEXICO - A group of at least three men have stolen thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Calexico Walmart, and authorities are requesting the public's assistance for information. On July 12, two men entered the Calexico Walmart at 5:29 a.m. and selected a huge black suitcase from the store before heading over to the electronics department where they broke cylinder locks on glass cases, Calexico Police Det. Manual Ceja said. They took more than $9,000 worth of electronic equipment including Playstations and iTouches before running out through an emergency exit to a waiting getaway car. The men are both black, in their late 20s to early 30s, thin builds, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches and weighing between 190 to 200 pounds.
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 16, 2008
Senior citizen Carmen John said she never used the auto part services of Pep Boys but that didn?t stop someone from using her credit information to run up $142 in charges. The telephone call baffled John, who also told a group of other senior citizens during an identity theft seminar at the El Centro Community Center that the bill is currently in collections. ?They never sent me a bill,? she said. John and about 24 other senior residents learned from a group of panelists on Thursday about how to protect themselves and their hard-won credit from identity theft.
By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | April 19, 2007
SEELEY ? Centinela State Prison officials identified an alleged ringleader thought to be behind the attempted theft of documents with correctional staff Social Security numbers Wednesday. The inmate, Morocco Curry, 34, also has been alleged by the FBI to be the ringleader behind other identity theft cases in Long Beach and Moreno Valley, Centinela spokeswoman Deavonne Long said. FBI officials allege Curry ran an identity theft ring from his cell. Among the alleged victims was the creator of the ?
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 | 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.
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 ?
By DARREN SIMON,Staff Writer | June 16, 2006
Thieves seeking copper are continuing to plague the Imperial Irrigation District and threaten power customers as two district substations were found to have been burglarized Thursday. The substations hit were in Heber and Coachella. ?It?s not surprising,? said IID Energy Manager John Federowicz of the latest thefts, adding IID is working hard to thwart the thieves The Heber and Coachella substation thefts were discovered Thursday but could have occurred earlier in the week, district officials said.
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