Santa Clarita Valley Detectives Have Lead In Theft Ring; Arrest Made
A development in an identity theft case that stole thousands of dollars from two Santa Clarita women has Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies once again asking for the community’s help.
A suspect, who is being charged with six counts in connection with a crime ring that believed to have stolen from Crescenta Valley, Ventura County and local residents, is in custody, said Josh Dubin, deputy with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
"We believe the woman we have in custody is the woman who physically stole the wallets and IDs," Dubin said. "She then gave those IDs and wallets to the (person of interest)."
Dubin added that there are likely additional counts pending from other cities.
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“Detectives have recently obtained high-resolution photos from bank-security cameras, and we’re hoping these photos lead to an arrest of another person of interest sought in this case,” Dubin said.
Deputies are seeking the community’s help in Identifying a blonde woman who helped commit the thefts.
“Three white women were preyed upon from various grocery stores in the Santa Clarita area,” Dubin said in a recent interview, adding that all of the victims had a close resemblance to the female suspect who is currently being sought.
The person of interest is not thought to be a Santa Clarita resident; however, Dubin said detectives are concerned that the incidents may have spurred a copycat criminal.
The additional incidents are unrelated, Dubin said.
On Jan. 12, deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to three separate incidents regarding female victims reporting a stolen wallet.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Detectives began exchanging information with surrounding law enforcement agencies regarding these types of theft incidents. Detectives determined the Santa Clarita thefts may be connected to a larger network of similar cases occurring in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station began an immediate investigation into the three incidents. It was discovered a female (pictured in the attached photo) driving a silver Cadillac SUV with paper license plates, entered various locations posing as the victims and used their driver licenses and credit cards to obtain cash and jewelry.
Less than a month later, Valerie Lynne Ray, 54, of Los Angeles, was booked Feb. 5 at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on charges related to three local incidents.
Ray is accused of helping to orchestrate the ring, but detectives believe she did not act alone.
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She stands charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of identity theft. She’s being held at the Century Regional Detention Center on $205,000 bail.
If you recognize the female pictured in the attached photos, detectives ask that you call LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or report online at http://lacrimestoppers.org.