Porch Package Grinch / Identity Theft Arrest. Recovered Items Displayed by LASD Lomita Station
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, LASD Lomita Sheriff's Station Detectives were conducting a theft investigation involving suspects who stole a delivered package from a porch of a residence in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Their investigation lead them to an identity theft ring and the recovery of numerous items of stolen property valued at thousands of dollars. Detectives believe most of the recovered property was obtained by the suspects by stealing packages from front porches or purchasing them fraudulently by means of identity theft.
Lomita Sheriff's detectives identified Suspect Michael Wieczorek, a male, 42 years of age and a resident of San Pedro, for stealing a package from a residence on Redondela Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. Detectives made contact with the suspect, who was in possession of narcotics, credit cards and identification that did not belong to him. He also possessed a Kershaw-brand knife that was reported stolen from a residence on Nancy Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Detectives conducted a search of the suspect’s residence, uncovering a plethora of instruments used to commit identity theft, including computers, credit card reading devices, counterfeit California Driver’s licenses, altered checks and fraudulent income tax forms.
The evidence discovered lead detectives to believe the suspect was filing tax returns using various victims’ identities in order to steal their tax return.
Additionally, stolen mail was recovered from victims whose addresses were from the cities of Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, Palos Verdes Estates, San Pedro, Los Angeles, Carson, Long Beach, Lakewood, Redlands, Temecula, Auburn, Murrieta and Bellevue, Washington. Especially disturbing was the numerous Christmas cards recovered among the stolen mail.
Included in the vast amount of recovered stolen property from the suspect’s home were vacuum cleaners, jewelry, toys, an air-soft pellet rifle, blenders, clothing and cookware.
One item of interest was a set of pajamas reported stolen from an address on Nancy Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. The recovered stolen property was a pair of pajamas, with a distinctive red snowflake pattern. Detectives recovered the stolen pajamas from underneath the suspect’s Christmas tree, wrapped in holiday wrapping and gifted to the suspect’s mother. The tag read; “To: Mom, Love: Michael.” Detectives recovered additional stolen items from underneath the tree.
Suspect Wierczorek was released from custody after posting a $20,000.00 bond and is scheduled to appear at Torrance Superior Court on January 10th, 2013.
Detectives from Lomita Sheriff’s Station will provide an opportunity for those who believe they have been victims of this crime to reclaim their property. The recovered property will be on display at Lomita Sheriff’s Station, 26123 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita on Friday, December 21, 2012, from 12PM to 2PM. Any questions about the showing should be directed to Lomita Sheriff's Station Detective Sergeant Mark Moffett or Detective David Peterson at (310) 539-1661.
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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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