Citrus Heights police uncover ID theft ring

Citrus Heights police uncovered a trove of stolen checks, Social Security cards, California identification cards, bank statements and mail after a traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

Police Officer Brian Fritsch said an officer stopped a U-Haul truck being driven by 42-year-old Gary Flores in the area of Adagio Way and Opus Court at approximately 3 p.m. Flores was driving on a suspended license and it was determined the truck was an unreported stolen vehicle.

In addition to the more than 50 stolen items found in the truck, Fritsch said the officer observed burglary tools, shaved keys and equipment used to make credit cards.

A search warrant for Flores' residence was obtained. Fritsch said several hundred more stolen identification cards, credit cards, bank statements, Social Security cards and stolen vehicle license plates were recovered, as well as drugs and other contraband.

In addition to Flores, officers arrested Aaron Phillips, 40; James Clark, 40; and Larry Shepard, 37, at the residence for ID theft, fraud and other felony property-related crimes. Phillips and Clark were already wanted on ID theft and burglary warrants.

A girl in the home was placed into the custody of Child Protective Services.

Fritsch said several victims of the thefts have been found and the police department was working to find other victims in other jurisdictions.

  • Police urged citizens to secure homes and vehicles when away.
  • Do not leave valuables or important personal identification information in plain sight.
  • Pick up your mail regularly
  • Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.


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