News Story

 

Camarillo - Identity Theft Suspect Arrested
2/7/2018 2:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Identity Theft Suspect Arrested

Report Number:

RB #17-178123

Location:

Los Angeles International Airport

Parking Lot C

Los Angeles CA 90036

Date & Time:

February 03, 2018 @ 11:45 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office/Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail

Los Angeles International Airport Police/LAX

Suspects

City of Residence

Age

(S) Christopher Hardison

Transient/Los Angeles, CA

57 yrs

Narrative:

An Identity thief has been arrested and jailed for multi-jurisdiction identity thefts in excess of $25,000.00.

On November 20, 2017, a resident from Ventura County reported to have been a victim of identity theft suffering a loss of $6,500.00. This victim subsequently discovered two separate Chase Bank withdrawals from two separate locations in Los Angeles.

Detectives from the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail began investigating this crime. It was determined the same suspect was responsible for these two transactions. Investigators obtained still photographs from Chase Bank showing the suspect inside the bank branches making the fraudulent withdrawals.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department disseminated these photographs to the public requesting assistance in identifying the suspect.

A Los Angeles Airport patrol officer saw an individual who he recognized as the identity theft suspect from an ABC 7 News broadcast. A multi-jurisdiction investigation immediately began.

The investigation revealed Christopher Hardison was positively identified as the suspect and he later confessed to the crimes. Hardison was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Main Jail, for two felony violations of identity theft.

On February 05, 2018, Detectives from the Orange County Sheriff's Department contacted Detectives from the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail. They recognized Hardison as a possible suspect in two additional Chase Bank identity theft cases from the Mission Viejo and Irvine areas. These crimes were unsolved dating back from November of 2016 with a total loss of $15,000.00 to the victim's.


Camarillo Special Enforcement Detectives assisted Orange County Investigators with these additional crimes. The investigation revealed that Hardison was positively identified as the suspect in these additional crimes and he later confessed to these crimes.

It is thought that additional identity theft crimes may have been committed by Hardison throughout southern California. If you have any information on additional crimes involving this suspect, please contact Detective Hollowell at (805) 797-2891.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.

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