Chino residents arrested for Identity Theft

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Chino- On December 7, two City of Chino residents were arrested after the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department compiled a comprehensive investigation that which produced several search warrants, identified countless victims of identity theft, cleared several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Rancho Cucamonga.


The two suspects were identified as William Hernandez, 41-years-old, and Stephanie Romesuspect2ro, 33-years-old who were both residents of Chino.


Deputy Torres of the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department began her investigation after reports of several vehicle burglaries were happening in the parking lots of the Rancho Cucamonga 24 Hour Fitness.  The team of deputies and Deputy Torres were assigned to the Victoria Gardens Retail Theft Team where they found Hernandez and Romero as possible suspects.


Detective Bureau and Deputy Torres together coordinated a takedown operation that led to the arrest of both Chino residents. The arrest led to a continued investigation with the help of other detectives and deputes, additional warrants were placed in the City of Chino and Santa Fe Springs.


According to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, “The search warrants exposed a comprehensive identity theft operation that Hernandez and Romero spearheaded. Thousands of dollars of fraudulently purchased property was located, along with hundreds of stolen access cards, stolen identification cards, personal documents and mail containing the information of hundreds of victims.”


Deputy Torres is working on locating every identity theft victim so their personal property may be returned, so she may obtain interviews and file additional charges to solidify her case with the District Attorney’s Office.


Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department at (909) 477-2800. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may also leave information on the We-Tip website at

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