Santa Rosa woman arrested on identity theft charges

A 32-year-old Santa Rosa woman was in custody Friday on suspicion of a variety of identity theft crimes, including stealing a man’s tax refund check from his mailbox, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said.

The man reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Office on May 30 after Bank of America alerted him that someone had deposited his $1,373 tax refund check into a different account, Sgt. Mike Raasch said. Detectives obtained bank records and surveillance video from the bank with a court order and recognized the suspect as Teresa Goode, Raasch said.

Goode was already on felony probation from a previous conviction for cashing a stolen forged check, according to Raasch. In the recent case, Goode is suspected of stealing the identity of another person to open an account and deposit the tax refund, Raasch said.

Detectives arrested Goode at about 9 a.m. Thursday at her home in Santa Rosa, where they found what appeared to be stolen IDs, stolen mail and a forged check, Raasch said.

Goode was held Friday at the Sonoma County Jail without bail on suspicion of commercial burglary, identity theft, theft by use of an access card, possessing stolen property and violating parole. She was scheduled to appear in court Monday.

You can reach Staff Writer Julie Johnson at 521-5220 or On Twitter @jjreport.

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