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5 due in court Wednesday on ID theft charges

Narcitics, fake ID, other contraband reported found with allegedly stolen car

Posted: March 26, 2013 11:44 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2013 11:44 a.m.

Sheriff's deputies lead three of five detainees to patrol cars outside the Residence Inn on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch on Monday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre


Five people arrested at a Stevenson Ranch hotel Monday are expected to appear in court Wednesday on felony identity theft charges, a local sheriff’s spokesman said.

A woman and four men, all from outside the Santa Clarita Valley area, are scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court, each charged with willfully obtaining personal identifying information, according California penal code section 530.5(a).

Charged are; Stella Arias, 29, a Los Angeles graphic designer; Jose Luis Olea, a 27-year-old unemployed resident of Homeland, Calif., Victor Alfonso Martinez, 19, also unemployed of Los Angeles; Riverside student Juan Dominguez, 18, and Alvaro Hector Martinez, 22, a Los Angeles mechanic.

The five were detained Monday afternoon by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip about a stolen car, Sgt. Brian Allen said.

The tip came in shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, 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 room’s contents well into the evening. They found narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and documents that could be used in identity theft in and around the car reported stolen, Sgt. Brian Allen said.
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