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Dec 10, 2009 5:02 PM by Kristen Oato

Authorities ask for public's help finding identity theft suspect

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help finding a man they say took money from another person's bank account.

The investigation began mid-November, when the victim reported hundreds of dollars withdrawn from a personal bank account. During the investigation, deputies discovered the suspect had obtained the victim's personal information and used it to create a bank card in the victim's name.

The suspect then used the card to withdraw large amounts of money from at least five different Central Coast banks between Thursday, November 12, 2009 and Monday, November 16, 2009. In total, the suspect has taken $2,500 from the victim.


The sheriff's department has released surveillance photos of the suspect withdrawing money from the Bank of America on Upper State Street in Santa Barbara. Detectives believe there may be more victims. If anyone has information regarding the man in the photo, please contact Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Detectives at (805) 681-4150 or the Sheriff's Anonymous Tip Line at (805) 681-4171.

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