Two homeless women in Murrieta were arrested recently for identity theft after previously being accused of the same crime.
Two homeless women in Murrieta were arrested recently for identity theft after previously being accused of the same crime. Jaquelyne Gutierrez and Lauren Colyott were arrested on Nov. 16 at a Riverside County courthouse, according to the Murrieta Police Department.
Police said they received information about an Irvine resident who had her identity stolen in October. The thief allegedly made unauthorized purchases after opening bank accounts and credit cards. During the investigation, the suspect was identified as Gutierrez, 24, police said.
Gutierrez, who was on probation for identity theft, has prior convictions for mail theft, identity theft, and use of fraudulent checks, was arrested for identity theft, police said.
Police also arrested her acquaintance, Lauren Colyott, 34, who is on active probation for identity theft. During a search, detectives found methamphetamine, narcotics paraphernalia and counterfeit U.S. currency inside Colyott’s car and purse, police said. Colyott was arrested for the possession of narcotics, paraphernalia and counterfeit money.
Both suspects were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center.