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July 1, 2013

The suspect in the identification thefts is shown. (Photo: Silent Witness)

She certainly doesn't look like an ID thief.

"She looks like a school teacher, a mom...she looks like an average citizen," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch.

Yet she committed three crimes on three consecutive days between Feb. 19 and Feb. 21. She uses someone else's California driver's license to access their bank accounts and take out thousands of dollars. The first two days she targeted Wells Fargo Banks, one in Mesa, the other in east Phoenix. On the third day she went to Scottsdale.

"This time she opened a Nordstrom's credit card," said Burch.

And she went on a shopping spree buying $4,000 worth of merchandise.

If you want to avoid being the victim of an ID thief, Burch said you need to keep a close eye on your bank statements.

"Especially if you see a $1.00 withdrawal. Many times these criminals will do a $1.00 withdrawal to see if it's an active account and if it works, they hit the next day. It's their way of 'casing' the account, so to speak."

To read more about this case, click here.


Our next crime happened in El Mirage on Monday, April 29, 2013.


The second suspect is shown. (Silent Witness)

"A 38-year-old woman was jogging in the area of Bethany Home Road and El Mirage Road in Litchfield Park," said Burch.

A man in a newer, black cargo van drove up next to her and told her he had a gun.

"He ordered her into the van then drove her to a more deserted area in an industrial park," said Burch. "There he sexually assaulted her for a long time."

She was able to give police really good information for a composite sketch because the attack lasted so long.

To read more about this case, click here.

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About the Author


Years with the company: 18

More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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