A Simi Valley Police officer attempting to enforce a handicapped parking violation collared two identity theft instead.
According to police, the officer noticed that a vehicle was illegally parked in a handicapped space at a local Target store. The officer observed the suspect park in the spot and then enter the Target store. The officer investigated the vehicle and noted a suspicious quantity of mail in the vehicle. Working with the store’s loss prevention officer, the pair discovered that the suspect and a companion attempted to use a stolen credit card in the store.
The man initially fled the store when the officer attempted to contact him. The officer also arrested the man’s companion without incident. The male suspect returned to the store, where the officer arrested him.
The male suspect faces two felony charges related to identity theft and driver’s license forgery. He also faces three misdemeanor charges for giving false information to a police officer, shoplifting and resisting arrest. In addition, he will have to address an out-of-county warrant for possessing more than 10 identities. He remains jailed in lieu of a $60,000 bail. He will return to court on July 1 for matters related to his case. The prosecutor has not yet filed charges against the female companion.
Simi Valley Identity Theft Attorney
When you face charges for identity-related crimes in Simi Valley, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense. He takes identity crimes cases in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
Police and prosecutors vigorously pursue identity theft cases, because they often lead to larger more lucrative convictions. When you face accusations of identity theft, your best defense begins with an experienced identity theft attorney.
An experienced attorney will fight aggressively on your behalf and will work to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced. That’s not always possible or realistic, but when it is, your attorney should not settle for less than that outcome. Don’t rely on inexperienced counsel and don’t attempt to represent yourself in court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County identity theft case.
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