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August 13, 2013

Merced man is arrested in ID theft

Police arrested a Merced man last week suspected of involvement in an identity theft ring, a step they hope will lead to the arrests of other members, authorities reported Tuesday. Merced police apprehended 31-year-old James Rumley near a pawn shop in the 100 block of Broadway Avenue in Atwater.

Police arrested a Merced man last week suspected of involvement in an identity theft ring, a step they hope will lead to the arrests of other members, authorities reported Tuesday.

Merced police apprehended 31-year-old James Rumley near a pawn shop in the 100 block of Broadway Avenue in Atwater.

Merced police have been investigating an identity theft ring in the Merced area for about a month, police said.

The investigation began after Merced police received a call from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

Police said identity thieves in the Merced area were using stolen credit cards at pawn shops. A pawn shop owner called police when Rumley entered the store at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Because Rumley was on parole, police said, he was subject to a search of his car. Police said they found numerous credit cards, a computer and a machine used to stamp numbers on credit cards.

Detectives are looking for additional people who might have been associated with the suspected identity ring.

Police are looking of a woman seen with Rumley in a surveillance video.

Rumley is being held at the John Latorraca Correctional Facility without bail on suspicion of violating his parole.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Alan Adrian at (209) 385-4731, or the Merced Police Department tip line at (209) 385-4725.

The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing "TIP411" (847411) and including the word "ComVIP" as the keyword in the text message.

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