7 Arrested In ID, Mail Theft Ring In Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs Police announced Sunday that seven people were arrested Friday in connection to a month-long investigation regarding stolen mail and identity theft.
The bust happened at 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Zion Drive, near Airport Road and South Circle Drive in Colorado Springs.
Police said the group was involved with fraudulent checks being printed, along with fake Colorado ID cards, stolen mail from community and individual mailboxes, burglary, and selling methamphetamine.
Colorado Springs police said more than 100 potential victims were identified in the case. The victims span across El Paso, Teller, Douglas, Elbert, and Arapahoe counties.
11 News spoke with CSPD Sergeant Joel Kern about the cases.
“Every victim that we’ve identified obviously gets notified and is aware of what’s happening, and a lot of the victims also reported it to us by seeing fraudulent activity on their accounts,” Kern said.
Police tell us most identity theft cases occurred after victims would mail checks to pay bills. The thieves would steal the checks, then get the victim's accounting number, address and name.
“The key thing to do is stay vigilant on your accounts, make sure you see and notify your bank of any suspicious activity, and also to monitor your credit report," Kern said.
U.S. Postal Inspectors, as well as the Financial Crimes Unit helped the Stetson Hills IMPACT team in the bust, police said.
Misty Peterson, 28, Joey Bobbitt, 29, Sabrina Banales, 48, Doneice Cyprian, 40, Desere Sutton, 26, Lauren Tuggle, 25, and Joshua Kenyon, 37, were all arrested, police said. Individual charges are different, but include identity theft, mail theft, burglary and selling methamphetamine.