Visalia police arrest three in identity theft ring

Visalia police arrested three people on suspicion of identity theft, burglary, and possession of forged identification and checks Thursday, police said.

Two men were arrested around 11 a.m. after a traffic stop by police revealed that the suspects had forged checks and identity theft related items in the car.

A third suspect, a woman, was arrested Thursday evening after police searched a room at the Holiday Inn Downtown Fresno, where the two suspects were staying. Inside, police found forged identification and checks, a computer, printer and an external hard drive used in the forgery process, police said.

The three suspects were using forged checks and identifications to buy items from various businesses across the state and then returning the items for cash, police said. Four of the victims were in Visalia, with an estimated loss of $4,000.

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