Prosecutors have filed felony charges against two identity theft suspects who were found in a Palm Desert hotel room with a trove of evidence suggesting they were stealing and duplicating personal information.
The suspects, Alan Torres Ruiz and Brea Lyn Ordona, both 39, were found surrounded by a collection of photo IDs, access cards, marriage certificates, checkbooks, computers, printers, scanners, luggage, a safe with multiple passports inside and a few garage door openers, according to county court documents.
And the kicker? Police say they found a suspicious app on Ruiz’s phone – “Fake ID Generator.”
Both Ruiz and Ordona have now been charged with receiving stolen property and six counts of illegally using the personal identity of another person. Police have requested warrants for their arrest. As of , they were not yet in custody.
Police said in court records they have identified at least eight Coachella Valley victims in the case.
One of those victims appears to be the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival, whose checks were found in the suspects’ possession, court documents state.
Although charges were only recently filed in this case, the trove of evidence was discovered by law enforcement back in June as sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a drug lab inside a room at the International Hotel along El Camino.
There was no lab inside the hotel room, but deputies stumbled upon the theft case instead.
At the time of the bust, both Ruiz and Ordona had outstanding warrants for identity theft. They were also both on probation after pleading guilty in another identity theft case filed in Riverside.
Both suspects were previously convicted of selling drugs in Orange County, according to court records.