News Story

 

Camarillo Station Arrests Identity/Mail Theft Suspect
5/8/2015 4:11:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Identity Theft / Mail Theft Suspect Arrested

Report Number:

15-9851

Location:

Arneill Road at Pickwick Drive, Camarillo

Date & Time:

05/01/15 @ 12:25 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

William Hacker

Camarillo

35

Narrative:

 

On 05/01/15, members of the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail were conducting enforcement patrol in the City of Camarillo.  They conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle driven by William Hacker because the vehicle had false registration tabs on the license plate.  Upon contact, the detectives discovered Hacker was on probation for burglary.  They conducted a probation search on Hacker and on his vehicle and found a significant amount of property that belonged to other people.

 

The detectives discovered hundreds of pieces of mail, which included personal and business checks, bank account information, credit card information, passports, driver's licenses and other identification cards.  The mail and checks belonged to people from nearly every city in Ventura County, from more than twenty other cities throughout southern California and from other states. 

 

Detectives also discovered a printer and check paper in Hacker's car, and they located fraudulent checks that were made using checking account information from some of the mail and financial account information found in the car.  Detectives found blank keys, twenty lock pick tools and several other sets of keys in Hacker's car.  Detectives also found three iPads and an iPhone they believed were stolen.  Finally, detectives located methamphetamine in Hacker's car they believed Hacker possessed with the intent to sell.

 

A subsequent probation search at Hacker's home, located in the City of Camarillo, revealed additional mail, checks, identification cards, methamphetamine and other items believed to be stolen.

 

Thus far in the investigation, detectives located mail, checks and identification cards in Hacker's possession from over one hundred twenty different people.  Detectives will be attempting to contact victims and will also be contacting outside law enforcement agencies for assistance in locating victims. 

 

Detectives arrested Hacker and prepared a case for filing with the District Attorney's Office.  As a result of the initial investigation, the District Attorney's Office filed several charges, including identity theft, several counts of grand theft, possession for sale of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

The Camarillo Police Department continues to offer the following tips so that you won't become a victim of identity theft:  Stop your mail if you are going on vacation or will be gone for several days; Do not put your outgoing mail in your mailbox and lift up the flag, this will only alert thieves that there is outgoing mail in the box; Don't let your mail sit in the mailbox and pile up; If you need to mail something, take your mail to the post office or place your mail in a secure mailbox.

 

   

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Eric Tennessen

 

News Release Date:

05/08/2015

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Eric Tennessen Eric.tennessen@ventura.org / (805) 388-5140

 

Approved by:

Commander Monica McGrath

 







 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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