RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Two women were arrested on Thursday morning for theft from an elderly adult, officials said. The investigation began in April 2016 when the Rancho Cucamonga Police received a report of fraudulent charges to her account. The female victim explained to police that she had found two payments equaling $2700 made to a student loan account.
Those transactions caused the victim to look over other bank statements where she discovered other withdrawals that were made and an additional student loan payment. The suspects were determined to be 26-year-old San Bernardino residents, Julie Aguilar ,and Mercede Pettegrew . Authorities determined that Aguilar, a caretaker for the victim, used the victim’s banking information to remove over $14000 from her accounts.
Both suspects were interviewed and subsequently booked into the West Valley Detention Center for identity theft and elder abuse Thursday morning. They were released on $50,000 bail each on Thursday night according to jail records.
If anyone has information, they are urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department (909) 477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.
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