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Beaverton Police arrest seven for identity theft, K9 sniffs out $27,000 cash in car
Members of the group had used stolen bank account information to make fake identification so that they could go to a victim's bank and withdraw as much money as possible from the account, police said.
Seven people were arrested Friday night and lodged at Washington County Jail on a variety of felony theft and identity theft charges, according to Beaverton Police.
Jenny Crocco, 44; Princess Anthony, 28; Natalya Imuere, 25; Eric Knight, 25; Kashmerae Oliver, 29; Anthony Pizella, 49; and Antonio Garza, 53 — all from Los Angeles — were found to have committed aggravated theft and identity theft at various banks in the area, police said.
Police received a call Friday about a counterfeit $10 bill that had been passed at a gas station on Southwest Canyon Road in Beaverton. An officer believed a suspicious vehicle at the nearby Motel 6 at 12255 S.W. Canyon Road was connected to the counterfeit bill.
Detectives investigated and connected the bill and vehicle to seven people who were involved in a variety of crimes throughout the area. Members of the group had used stolen bank account information to make fake identification so that they could go to a victim's bank and withdraw as much money as possible from the account, police said.
Police stopped the vehicle and when they searched it, they found victim account profiles, counterfeit credit cards, counterfeit identifications and stolen property. One of the car's occupants said he also had drugs in the car.
Officers brought Beaverton K9 Khaz to search the vehicle; while he didn't find drugs, he did locate $27,000 in cash hidden inside a passenger-area compartment.
Police said the event is another example of the importance of protecting personal financial information and monitoring bank accounts.