Crime San Francisco Bay Area

5 Arrested for Identity, Mail Theft After Being Exposed by Hotel Stay Record

Fives suspects were taken into custody Saturday evening in Cupertino after deputies found stolen items belonging to about 30 victims from cities throughout the South Bay, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office announced today. The Sheriff’s Office West Valley Patrol was dispatched to the Hilton Garden Inn at 10741 N. Wolfe Road regarding a reservation made at the hotel with a potential stolen credit card, sheriff’s officials said.

The victim received an alert from her credit card company regarding an alleged reservation made at the hotel unbeknownst to her, so she called the business herself. The victim was still in possession of the physical card, according to the sheriff’s office. Because of this, the hotel staff and deputies began working to find those responsible for using her information.

Deputies located three adult suspects inside the hotel associated to rooms booked with the card: Juan Chavez, Raymond Montoya and Manuel Chavez. Inside those rooms, deputies found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and numerous items bearing the names of other individuals such as credit cards, check books, receipts and a home appraisal, sheriff’s officials said.

Based on their preliminary investigation, deputies made additional stops on vehicles approaching the hotel. Jorgina Orozco and Raymond Flores were arrested after additional checks, credit cards, electronic card readers, a BB gun and mail were recovered, according to the sheriff’s office.

All suspects were booked into the county jail. Investigators will be reaching out to victims to determine any additional offenses that the group may be guilty of. Currently, they have been arrested on suspicion of identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card account, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, giving a false ID to a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information on the offenses should call the West Valley Patrol Division at (408) 868-6600.

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