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Woman arrested in Santa Clarita wallet thefts

Alleged ringleader captured; actual ‘blond scammer’ still at large

Posted: February 13, 2013 11:46 a.m.
Updated: February 13, 2013 11:46 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's deputies are seeking public assistance in identifying the woman pictured above.

 

On Saturday, January 12th 2013, deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to three separate incidents regarding female victims reporting their wallets had been stolen.Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station began an immediate investigation into the three incidents. It was discovered a female (pictured in the attached photo) driving a silver Cadillac SUV with paper license plates, entered various locations posing as the victims and used their driver licenses and credit cards to obtain cash and jewelry.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Detectives began exchanging information with surrounding law enforcement agencies regarding these types of theft incidents. Detectives determined the Santa Clarita thefts may be connected to a larger network of similar cases occurring in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

On Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, Valerie Lynne Ray, a 54 year-old female from Los Angeles, was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on charges related to the three incidents that occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley. Valerie Ray is one of the persons suspected in orchestrating the theft ring. Since then, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has filed three counts of identity theft and three counts of burglary on suspect Ray for her alleged involvement in the Santa Clarita Valley incidents. She is currently being held at Century Regional Detention Facility on $205,000 bail.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Deputies are seeking the public assistance in identifying the female seen in the attached photos. The attached photos were recently obtained from bank security cameras and show a clear view of the unidentified white female suspect who reportedly used the victim’s credit card to obtain cash advances. It is believed this unidentified female may reside outside of the Santa Clarita Valley area. She is being sought for questioning at this time in connection with a number of theft incidents in Los Angeles County.

If you recognize the female pictured in the attached photos, detectives ask that you call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or report online at http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Deputy Joshua Dubin
jddubin@lasd.org
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
661-255-1121 ext. 4411
Twitter @SCVSheriff http://www.twitter.com/scvsheriff
SCV Station Homepage - http://www.santaclarita.lasd.org
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SantaClaritaValleySheriffsStation

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