A 39-year-old probationer suspected of stealing mail and packages throughout Moreno Valley as part of an identity theft scheme was being held without bail Wednesday.
Jason Allen Kelley of Moreno Valley was booked Tuesday into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of identity theft, fraud and probation violations.
Over the last month, a number of Moreno Valley residents reported thefts of mail and doorstep packages in various parts of the city, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Julio De Leon.
The same vehicle was described as the one seen leaving the scene whenever a theft occurred, and patrol deputies began actively watching for the car, ultimately connecting it to Kelley, De Leon said.
He said a search warrant was served at the suspect’s residence in the 24500 block of Jasmine Court, where investigators allegedly uncovered “an illicit credit card and identity theft laboratory, including machines used to facilitate credit and debit fraud, computer equipment used to commit identity theft … burglary tools, washed checks and counterfeit money.”
A handgun and rifle were also seized, according to the sergeant.
Kelley was taken into custody without incident.
Anyone with information or who believes they may have been victimized was asked to contact the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station at 951-486-6700.