ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Police Department reported Friday the arrest of a couple suspected of stealing the identities and credit information of more than 10 victims, while using the stolen information to pay for their apartment, clothes and overseas vacations.
Police had been investigating Kelvin Lamont King and Darisha Phields’ fraudulent purchases as early as July. According to the Roseville Police Department, on two separate occasions Roseville residents reported that their information had been stolen. In one instance the information was used by one of the suspects to get a car serviced and in another to make purchases at a local restaurant.
In early December the police issued a warrant to search the couple’s apartment. Inside they found blank credit cards as well as credit card reading and encoding equipment. Some of the credit cards had the suspects’ names on them encoded with the account information of victims from Roseville, northern California and one from Hawaii.
The apartment had been decorated with all new furniture and electronics, and authorities found a large amount of new clothing and shoes, all suspected to have been purchased through credit fraud. The lease to the apartment and its utility bills were listed under the stolen identity of a Bay Area resident.
Detectives anticipate that more victims will be uncovered upon further investigation.
King, 28, and Phields, 27, were taken into custody at the Placer County Jail and charged on suspicion of identity theft involving 10 or more victims. King was additionally charged on suspicion of being a felon in possession of ammunition.