Caught On Cam ID Thief
California police seek woman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
California police are asking for the public’s help identifying a woman suspected of defrauding people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Police said she walked into a Chase Bank in Huntington Beach in December and since then has taken $300,000 from banks in Anaheim, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
They also believe she was in Nevada.
Detectives said she was consistent, wearing her long brown hair in the same simple style and laid out a convincing tale.
“She’s coming in and presenting what appears to be a valid California ID,” said Lt. Mitchell O’Brien, with Huntington Beach police. “She has the account information so the bank is satisfied she is the account holder.”
Bank tellers were so satisfied, detectives said, that they weren’t sure how many times the 30-something-year-old suspect made withdrawals.
Chase Bank issued a statement saying security of customers’ information is of the utmost priority.
“Chase will work with customers in an effort to make appropriate corrections of unauthorized transactions,” the statement noted.
Police don’t know how she is stealing these identities, but since she keeps hitting only Chase Banks, they are wondering if she’s working alone.
Anyone with information about the suspect or her identity is asked to call Det. Brad Smith at 714-960-8848 or Sgt. Dale Shields at 714-536-5948.