Theft ring stole information to make IDs, checks

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Investigators have busted an elaborate theft ring that prosecutors say was stealing personal information and bank information from mailboxes and cars and using it to create driver's licenses and checks.

"Members of the enterprise would use the checks to obtain cash, merchandise, personal property, services, gift cards, food, etc.," the First Judicial District Attorney's Office said in a news release. "Merchandise and proceeds from forged check transactions were used and shared between other members of the group to include the purchase and use of illegal drugs (methamphetamine)."

Prosecutors say nine people have been indicted and arrested -- five women and four men.

First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir said the identity ring operated in the metro area between June and November, 2013. The district includes Jefferson and Gilpin counties.

Prosecutors said the victimized businesses include King Soopers, Bed Bath & Beyond, Rite Aid, First Bank, Ace Hardware, Wells Fargo Bank, McDonalds and 24 Hour Fitness.

Weir said this bust is, "a good reminder to consumers to be vigilant with their personal and financial information.”

Experts recommend that you monitor your bank accounts and credit card statements for unauthorized activity.

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