Identity Theft Ring In Custody

Staff Reports

San Bernardino – Six suspects from San Bernardino were arrested and charged in relation to a string of mail thefts in the City of Loma Linda and other surrounding areas.

On September 13, 2016, the first suspect was stopped during a routine traffic stop by Deputy B. Ortiz of the Loma Linda Police Department. Daniel Bustos, the driver, was searched and in possession of pry tools as well as a vast amount of stolen checks, mail and ID cards. Deputies believed Bustos used the pry tools to break into residents’ mail boxes in Loma Linda. Bustos was then arrested and booked, facing felony of identity theft and check fraud.

Deputy Ortiz continued to investigate and issued a search warrant for 2301 N. Sepulveda Ave. #22 which was believed to be the location of where more stolen mail and other illegal items were being stored. The search warrant was officially served on September 27, 2016 where Deputies discovered even more stolen mail, checks and ID information. Deputies were also able to successfully arrest three more suspects, Tina Nolan, Linda Crume and Juan Herrera, and charge them with ID theft, check and credit card fraud.

The remaining suspects, Eduardo Guzman and Nicholas Costello, had already fled the area before police had arrived but were later found and arrested.

Evidence suggests that dozens of victims were affected in the following areas: Loma Linda, Cooley Ranch Area of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, North Fontana, and Adelanto. Of the dozens affected, over 25 have been notified with the rest to be contacted shortly.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Central station at 909-387-3545. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or visit their website at http://www.wetip.com.