Four arrested in identity theft case

Four people were arrested after the discovery of stolen property for use in identity theft on Friday.

According to the Lemoore Police Department, an officer was sent to the Faun Terrace Apartments around 11:02 a.m. after getting a report of loud music and suspicious activity in one of the apartments.

When they arrived, the officer found that a woman in one of the apartments had a $35,000 warrant out of Tulare County for giving out a false ID to a peace officer.

The woman was identified as 24-year-old Tulare resident Shereen Lynn Macias. The officer found three other people in the apartment: Sarena Tabares, Matthew Steven Maldonado and Gabriel Rodriguez, all 31 years old and from Tulare.

The department said that when the officer attempted to talk to the subjects, one of them threw a plastic container out of a second-story window in the apartment.

The container was found to contain the financial and identity information of a recent burglary victim in Lemoore as well as a handgun. The handgun was discovered to have been stolen out of Southern California.

Police said the officer saw several items used for identity theft and forgery operations in the apartment, so it is suspected that they were conducting such an operation.

The department’s Problem Oriented Policing team was called in and conducted a search of the apartment. In the search, computers, scanners and printers were taken as well as several blank checks and additional identity information, according to a report.

The department said they’ve been combing through checks, ID cards, birth certificates and other papers for about 180 people, all of which the department said are victims or potential victims of identity theft.

The department has yet to search through the computers and other equipment found at the apartment.

Macias was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail for her warrant. Rodriguez was arrested and booked on suspicion of possessing stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime and having a warrant out of Tulare County. He was placed on $60,000 bail.

Tabares was arrested and booked on suspicion of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime. Her bail was set at $20,000. Maldonado was arrested and booked for a no-bail warrant out of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for failing to check in with his parole officer.

The department said it will be contacting the victims of the identity theft soon. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the department at 924-9574.


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