Sacramento Dealership Employees Help Foil Alleged Thieves' Spree

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Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies snatched up a pair of alleged identity thieves after a dealership manager followed them to their next apparent target.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran said two Hispanic men were tryung to fraudulently purchase items at Capital Yamaha, with counterfeit credit cards.

A store employee called the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and told them he believed the same suspects had made a fraudulent purchase at another local motorcycle shop. He tried to stall the suspects but eventually they left in a new Chevrolet truck.

The manager of Capital Yamaha followed the suspects to Cycle Gear, where “more likely then not, they were looking for another shop to purchase items from,” Curran said. He credited Capital Yamaha’s manager as instrumental in pointing deputies to the suspects’ truck, which they stopped.

Immediately they noticed several thousand dollars worth of merchandise that was allegedly fraudulently obtained from Wal-Mart, Game Stop, Old Navy, Capitol Yamaha, Carmichael Motorsports, Home Depot and Safeway.

Both suspects, Gustavo Lopez Castro (34), and Sergio Castro-Vaszuez (36), were in the Sacramento area on visas from Mexico, and both had allegedly counterfeit driver licenses and credit cards. Some of the credit cards had Mexican financial institution emblems on them but were embossed with US financial account numbers.

The suspects had a shopping list, which explains the variety of items recovered, Curran said. The recovered merchandise has been valued at over $10,000.

Both suspects were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail. Both ineligible for bail and face the charges of identity theft, burglary, possession of counterfeit credit cards, possession of counterfeit driver licenses and possession of stolen property.

They were being held without bail until a scheduled arraignment this week.

Posted by Holly Wagner