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5 charged with ID theft to face preliminary hearing

Posted: August 22, 2013 4:54 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2013 4:54 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Five people arrested in March at a Stevenson Ranch hotel and charged with identity theft were ordered to appear next month for a preliminary hearing, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

A woman and young men, all from outside the Santa Clarita Valley area, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Thursday on felony identity theft charges, District Attorney’s spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales said.

Each was charged with willfully obtaining personal identifying information under California penal code section 530.5(a).

Each was ordered Thursday to appear back in court Sept. 5 for a preliminary hearing.

During that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence in the case, and the defense can respond, after which the judge will decide if the case should go to trial.

The five were detained in March by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip about a stolen car, Sgt. Brian Allen said at the time of the arrest.

The tip came in shortly after 2 p.m. March 26, and deputies responded and surrounded the Residence Inn on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch, taking into custody five occupants of a room there.

Deputies were taking inventory of the rooms’ contents well into the evening. They found narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and documents that could be used in identity theft, Allen said at the time.
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