Richmond couple arrested for identity theft in Rocklin

A Richmond couple has been arrested at a Target store in Rocklin after they allegedly attempted to make purchases with stolen credit cards, authorities said.

It was the second time in as many weeks that Richmond residents have been arrested in an area Target store with stolen cards, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators said Darryl Lee Brown, Jr., 33, and Keshia Lashra Owens, 24, were observed by a deputy and a detective who were at the store.

They watched Brown use stolen credit cards to purchase items with gift cards. He then returned to his car and then allegedly began rolling a marijuana cigarette.

The detective approached the car and detained Brown. Inside the car, investigators found more than 30 Target bags filled with recently purchased clothes and baby items.

Owens was still in the store when deputies asked her to step outside.

She had numerous credit cards with her name on them, which were later checked and determined that stolen credit card numbers had been embedded on the cards’ magnetic strip, the sheriff department said in a release.

During the investigation, detectives found photographs that showed a download of credit card numbers.

Investigators said it appeared that Brown was buying personal information online and using it to create counterfeit cards.

The couple were charged with identity theft, burglary, grand theft and use of a fraudulent access device and transported to the Placer County Jail. Owens was released with a promise to appear due to jail overcrowding. Brown’s bail was set at $110,000, which he posted and bailed out Wednesday.

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