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Deputies hunt for man suspected in identity theft

Posted: April 15, 2014 6:53 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2014 6:53 p.m.

This ATM camera photo provided by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station shows a man wanted for questioning in connection with identity theft. Deputies want to know who he is.

 

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s detectives are hoping the public will help them identify an ATM thief with the release Tuesday of ATM photos taken of the suspect, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

“We’re hoping that someone sees them and comes forward to offer more information in this case,” Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Tuesday.

In February, a man reported to deputies that his debit card, checking account number and other banking information were apparently stolen from his mailbox, Dubin said.

“The victim reported that an unknown suspect forged and deposited checks into his bank account using an ATM and the victim’s stolen debit card,” he explained in a news release issued Tuesday.

“Once the checks were deposited, the suspect would then reportedly withdraw cash via an ATM prior to the forged checks being returned as insufficient funds,” he said.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives pursued leads and have now released surveillance photos taken from an ATM in hopes of identifying the male shown, who reportedly deposited the forged checks and withdrew funds.

The suspect made fraudulent transactions in both Santa Clarita and Sylmar, Dubin said.

“If you recognize the male in these photos or have any further information that can assist detectives in this investigation, please contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Detective Harrold at 661-255-1121 or at EBHarrol@lasd.org,” he said.

If anyone would rather report information anonymously, he or she is advised to call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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