Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
sw.jpg
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.

Jayme West, Afternoon News Anchor

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

CONTACT SILENT WITNESS

We want you to tell us everything you know... except your name.

If you have any information related to these cases, contact Silent Witness at: 480-WITNESS or 800-343-TIPS.

MORE INFORMATION

Online: SilentWitness.org

How we spread the word

Police officers answer the Silent Witness telephone line 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. They take your information and direct it to the proper department for action.

How we keep going

The community. We're supported by donations from businesses, civic groups, and several individuals. Our civilian board actively oversees the operation of the Silent Witness program.

If you have time, talent, money or information to share, contact Silent Witness today.

close

Share: