EL CENTRO – On February 8, 2016, detectives from the El Centro Police Department Investigations Division assisted by investigators from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence on the 400 block of Olive Avenue in El Centro. Information was revealed through an investigation indicating the subject residing at the location, identified as thirty-one-year-old Jose Roberto Rodriguez, was actively involved in fraud, forgery, and other activities associated with the criminal act of Identity Theft.
During the service of the warrant, investigators located and recovered several items associated with mail theft, forgery of checks, credit cards, and other evidence. Stolen mail, identities, and other evidence indicating there were multiple victims from throughout the Imperial County were located at the residence. Recovered items also included the suspected proceeds of this type illegal activity including high end electronics, computers and others items.
“The tremendous efforts of our investigators and the additional help from the ICSO were outstanding. The down side to these types of investigations is that some victims may still be unaware of their being a victim. The suspect in this case was very prolific; a package delivery service even delivered a package to the location in another person’s name while the investigators were on scene.” Said Commander Reel.
Residents are encouraged to be diligent in preventing themselves from being victims in these types of cases. Indicators to look for are missing mail, odd or out of character transactions on bank and checking accounts, collections for unfamiliar accounts, and any anomalies with a person’s financial transactions. If these occur and a person suspects they are a victim of identity theft, they are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Rodriguez was booked at the Imperial County Jail for multiple charges including identity theft involving ten or more victims, forgery, access car fraud and possession of stolen property.