MURRIETA – A mail theft and fraud investigation led the to six Murrieta area arrests on Wednesday, officials said. On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Temecula Police went to a home in the 31000 block of Gabriel Metsu to conduct a probation search. Officers located stolen mail, credit cards, fictitious checks, items used in fraud and other stolen property.
In all, six were arrested during the search two, Ashley Lawrence, 29, and Jacob Bertino, 25, were arrested for credit card fraud, possession of fictitious checks and possession of stolen property. Emaley Monges, 21 was arrested for maintaining a place to see or provide drugs. Dustin Thomas, 30, and Tamara Charlton, 42, were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Lawrence, Bertino, Monges, Thomas and Charlton all live in the home. Kevin Vanderburgh, 37, from Temecula, was arrested for two warrants for identity theft.
The thefts were all believed to be taking place during the months of June and July 2016. All of the stolen property will be processed as evidence and the victims will be notified. Anyone who has evidence that may be pertinent to the case should contact Officer Punzalan at the Southwest Station (951) 696-3000.
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