A 46-year-old man was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of distracting up to 11 victims in Huntington Beach, Westminster and Fountain Valley to steal their credit cards and money.
Lance C. Lamb of Riverside was being held without bail in Orange County Jail because of an alleged parole violation, according to Huntington Beach police Officer Jennifer Marlatt.
Lamb was arrested by Westminster police about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday outside a motel room he was residing in at a Motel 6, 705 S. Beach Blvd., in Anaheim. He is suspected of victimizing two people in Fountain Valley, one in Westminster and eight in Huntington Beach, officials said.
Investigators suspect there are more victims, however, and plan to make a case to prosecutors of robbery, elder abuse, burglary and identity theft, Marlatt said.
Lamb is suspected of targeting elderly women 78 to 95 years old this month with various ruses meant to distract them while he grabbed their purses, Marlatt said. He would then use their credit cards for himself, Marlatt alleged.
In several cases, he got elderly woman to pull over in traffic with a ruse that they had been involved in an accident with his car, Marlatt alleged. After the woman would pull over and discuss exchanging information, Lamb would grab the victim’s purse and leave, Marlatt alleged.
Lamb allegedly would talk his way into residences in mobile home parks pretending to be a water company official and then steal purses while inside, Marlatt said.
After arresting Lamb, police recovered some stolen loot, according to Westminster Detective Norma Vasquez.
Anyone with helpful information for investigators was asked to call Huntington Beach detectives at (714) 536-5961 or (714) 375-5066. Westminster detectives can be reached at (714) 548-3207. Anonymous tips may be made by calling Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.
— City News Service