FIVE ARRESTED IN TWO INCIDENTS OF IDENTITY THEFT

FIVE ARRESTED IN TWO INCIDENTS OF IDENTITY THEFT

Three people were arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a black Acura about 2 a.m. at Adobe Road and Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms because it didn’t have any license plates. Inside the vehicle were Lisa Pacheco, 39, of Yucca Valley; Letalia Hayes, 33, of Twentynine Palms; and Nicholas “Jay” Whittmore, 26, of Yucca Valley. During the investigation, the deputy determined that Pacheco was in possession of methamphetamine and credit cards which did not belong to her. Lisa Pacheco was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000. Letalia Hayes was also found to be in possession of meth, and had a $50,000 misdemeanor warrant for her arrest; she was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Nicholas Whittmore allegedly gave the deputy a false name because he had a warrant for his arrest; he was arrested on his $25,000 warrant and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail.
 
Two men were arrested Monday when they were found with other people’s credit cards. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle for a cracked windshield about 5:40 a.m. near Adobe Road and Verbena Drive in Twentynine Palms. During the investigation, the deputy determined that Daniel Morales, 45, of Long Beach, had a credit card with someone else’s name on it. The report states that Morales admitted to using the card at McDonalds. The deputy also discovered a counterfeit $20 bill in Morales’ possession. A passenger in the vehicle, Marc Bruner, 31, of Twentynine Palms, also had someone else’s credit card, and the deputy also discovered drug paraphernalia in his possession. Daniel Morales and Marc Bruner were both arrested for investigation of identity theft, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $50,000. Bruner was also arrested for a $50,000 arrest warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

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