American Express Card Rejected: New Details In Clovis ID Theft Bust
CLOVIS, Calif. (KMPH) —
New information tonight, about a trio arrested at a Clovis hotel for identity theft.
Turns out the three may be part of a bigger theft ring that spans from the Central Valley to the Bay Area.
It was the instinct of one of the managers at the Clovis Homewood Suites that eventually led to the arrests. He says one of them tried to pay with an American Express card. But something looked fishy about the card.
"When he gave me his credit card, I saw that it was supposed to be like a plastic credit card but it had paper all over it. It was pretty cleanly done, but I know what a real credit card is supposed to look like and that's something we wouldn't receive," said Chris Esponilla, front desk manager at Homewood Suites.
Hotel staff called police.
Richard Plumb, Danielle Blevins, and Michael Snodgrass were all arrested in connection to a major theft ring.
Officer found stolen credit cards, tools to make fake cards, and drugs inside a room Plumb rented at another hotel.
But their crimes may not be limited to Clovis, and the trio may be part of a larger crew of thieves.
Blevins is connected to Michael Kitley.
Kitley and Blevins were both on the run, after Madera County deputies found their motel room full of stolen items and identities.
Kitley was also wanted from an identity theft bust at a Clovis hotel in July.
Just last month, Bay Area police arrested Kitley, and found another hotel room full of stolen items and identities.
Now Clovis police are looking into the extent of Tuesday's bust.
"They were doing a lot of things with money, there was also a prescription pad from a doctor out of the Bay Area," said Janet Stoll-Lee, with the Clovis Police Department.
Clovis police are in the process of contacting people who's identities were stolen in this case.
Many people don't even know they're a victim of identity theft, until the damage to your credit score is already done.
Check your credit report with the three reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union.
If you notice an account you didn't open, place a fraud alert on your credit and close the account immediately.
You should also file a report with the police as well.