PIEDMONT – Police are crediting an alert neighbor and license plate readers with helping them nab a Sacramento woman suspected of identity theft.
Tatiana Tia, 20, was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 on Hardwick Avenue near Oakland Avenue.
Officers were initially dispatched to the 1900 block of Oakland Avenue after a witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle with Nevada license plates making several passes through the neighborhood. Police responded to the area, but did not locate the vehicle.
After the vehicle was identified as a rental car through the police department’s license plate reader system, officers continued searching and found it a short time later occupied by Tia, who allegedly provided false statements as she was being questioned.
Inside Tia’s purse were several fake California driver licenses, numerous credit cards in the names of five individuals, and sales receipts from stores in Sacramento, Richmond, Oakland, and San Rafael, according to police.
After Tia was arrested, she provided a statement to officers admitting to knowingly possessing and using the credit cards to purchase services and goods totaling more than $10,000 since July, police said.
With the assistance of investigators from the Sacramento and San Francisco police departments, four of the five identity theft victims have been identified and contacted, police said.
Tia faces five counts of identity theft, as well as charges of possessing fraudulent driver licenses and possessing stolen property.
Information on whether Tia remains in custody or on any upcoming court date was not immediately available.