Police arrested a San Jose man Tuesday after he used one of 30 fake credit cards in his possession at a Morgan Hill grocery store, authorities said. A loss prevention officer at Safeway grocery store on Tennant Avenue notified Morgan Hill police about the man after he used one of the fraudulent credit cards to purchase items at the store, according to a press release from MHPD. The man, later identified as Keith Brown, 22 of San Jose, was sitting in his car outside Safeway when officers contacted him, police said. He also had a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of DUI, out of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Police were assisted by Safeway, Star One Credit Union of San Jose and Travis Credit Union of Vacaville to determine that Brown had been using more than 30 stolen credit card account numbers to purchase thousands of dollars worth of gift cards at Safeway stores throughout the Bay Area, police said. The County’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, a high-tech fraud task force, assisted Morgan Hill detectives with the investigation, according to the press release. Agents think Brown was manufacturing fake credit cards from his home. Brown was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, burglary and use of a fraudulent credit card, police said. Police remind residents to periodically check their bank accounts and immediately report any fraudulent activity to the authorities. Anyone with information about these crimes can contact Morgan Hill Police at (408) 779-2101.
Marcy Erico, the woman accused of abandoning her 10-year-old daughter at a Morgan Hill Safeway store after a botched shoplifting attempt, was formally sentenced to 60 days in jail plus three years probation at South County Courthouse Monday.
Police are looking for a woman who allegedly ditched her 10-year-old daughter outside a Morgan Hill Safeway grocery store after coercing the child to try to steal a cart of groceries, according to the Morgan Hill Police Department.
Goodwill shoppers have likely noticed that the Morgan Hill store at 17630 Monterey Road has been closed with construction crews and equipment surrounding the building the last few days.
Murder charges for Antolin Garcia – the 21-year-old suspect accused of kidnapping and killing 15-year-old Sierra LaMar – ride the wake of a harried criminal past that includes arrests for assault, obstructing officers and having sex with a minor.
Murder charges for Antolin Garcia Torres - the 21-year-old suspect accused of kidnapping and killing 15-year-old Sierra LaMar - ride the wake of a harried criminal past that includes arrests for assault, obstructing officers and having sex with a minor.
The mother of the suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering 15-year-old Sierra Lamar says she believes her son is innocent, but Sheriff Laurie Smith insists the DNA evidence found in his car and on Sierra’s belongings is damning - even if her body is never found. Meanwhile, a former FBI agent says Antolin Garcia Torres, a husband and father to a 20-month-old daughter, could have fooled everybody.
After a suspect was arrested in connection with the disappearance of 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, the community’s reaction has ranged from shock to relief to sorrow.
UPDATE: Murder suspect's arraignment moved to San Jose courthouse at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Antolin Garcia-Torres' mother, Laura Torres, sobbed outside her home at Maple Leaf RV Park when she thought about her son being taken away and charged with the murder of 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, a crime she is certain he didn't commit.
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