Crime

Berkeley pair faces felony identity theft charges

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A Berkeley couple facing seven felony counts related to identity theft allegations is set to appear in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing.

Berkeley police arrested Albert Thomas and Juanita Roles at their southwest Berkeley apartment in the 1200 block of Haskell Street earlier this month after a search warrant turned up identity theft materials, illegal drugs, more than $2,000 in cash and more.

According to court papers, police served the search warrant July 2 at the couple’s home.

The search turned up fake credit cards and checks, at least one stolen check, a card embosser and card encoder, blank card stock and blank check stock, according to court papers.

Police also found crack cocaine packaged for sale, packaging materials, a digital scale and $2,575 in cash.

Police said they searched Thomas’ cell phone and “found numerous text messages that suggest Thomas is selling drugs,” according to a document related to the 51-year-old’s arrest.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged Thomas and Roles, 44, with the fraudulent possession of the personal information of 10 victims; unlawful access card activity; and five felony counts of grand theft.

Thomas also was charged with possession for sale of cocaine.

According to the district attorney’s office, Thomas has just one prior felony conviction, in San Francisco in 1998, for possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to probation in that case.

The couple is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

Roles is no longer in custody. Thomas is being held on $165,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Related:
Man tied to Berkeley drug sales charged with 5 felonies (04.03.14)
Man arrested after impersonation at Berkeley bank (01.17.14)
Authorities link woman to $19,000 Berkeley make-up heist (12.11.13)
ID theft may affect 931 Berkeley ambulance customers (11.30.12)

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  • Berkeleyguy

    Woo hooo. Berkeley police are on a role. i vote for a Adeline bust next. Get the guys on dealing on Harmon and Fairview.

  • Gentrification, please

    Rent controlled unit with a ceiling that is one third of market rates for the immediate area.

    Here’s a thought: people who are a scourge to the community- selling drugs and stealing neighbors’ identities, as in this case – are not eligible for community support like rent control. They add nothing to the community and only detract with their presence.