ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A drug bust in Roseville lead detectives to an identity theft ring that could affect up to 100 people who have no idea they are victims.
Police raided a home and found methamphetamine and everything to make credit cards and checks from stolen identities.
Roseville Police say a few days ago they arrested Carlos Aranda during a drug stop. In addition to finding meth in his car, officers also found stolen checks and fake IDs—red flags for identity theft.
“They have all kinds of ways to convert those things to cash a little more easily than trying to steal a TB and maybe sell it on eBay,” Roseville Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said.
That arrest lead to a North Sacramento home where investigators found more drugs and evidence of up to 100 instances of identity theft. Four children were also inside the home where eight suspects were arrested.
Gunther says a lot of the identities were likely stolen in Roseville through car break-ins.
“Other ways include going through people’s trash, if people have thrown away tax returns, or job applications, or credit card applications, they can get the information from there,” she said.
Detectives are still trying to determine how many victims there are, and what was stolen from them.
Roseville Police advise people to check their bank statements carefully for evidence of misuse of your identity.