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Paso Robles police arrest two people suspected of fraud

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 10:21:32-04

Paso Robles police arrested two people suspected of fraud at JC Penny on Tuesday.

Sarah Dugan
Courtesy: Paso Robles Police Department

A search for the two suspects began on Saturday, June 29 when officers responded to Kohls for reports of a couple attempting to make purchases with a stolen credit card. Police say the suspects were denied and quickly left the store in a red vehicle.

Further investigation revealed similar frauds were conducted at other retailers in San Luis Obispo County. Paso Robles Police were able to obtain a license plate from a fraud committed in San Luis Obispo and learned the vehicle was stolen out of Coalinga.

On Tuesday, officers located the stolen vehicle at JC Penny. Police say the two suspected were inside attempting another purchase with a stolen credit card. The couple was once again denied their transaction and left the store in the stolen vehicle. With the help of a CHP helicopter, officers were able to locate the vehicle and stop the drivers.

A search of the vehicle revealed numerous credit cards, checks, driver’s licenses, stolen mail, and drug paraphernalia.

Pedro Murillo
Courtesy: Paso Robles Police Department

Sarah Dugan, 36, and Pedro Murillo, 30, both of Coalinga, were arrested for numerous charges.

Dugan was charged with conspiracy, possession of a stolen vehicle, fraudulent use of credit card, mail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a felony warrant out of Kings County.

Murillo was charged with conspiracy, possession of a stolen vehicle, mail theft, and 3 felony warrants out of Kings County.

Both are being held in the San Luis Obispo County Jail.