Suspects Sought in Identity Theft Ring

The pair is suspected of victimizing dozens of people in Santa Cruz County, including an 82-year-old woman.


Bay City News Service

Santa Cruz County sheriff’s investigators are searching for two suspects in connection with an identity-theft ring. Hernan Coto, 33, and Jesse Jurado, 32, have been linked to an identity theft ring that has victimized dozens of people in Santa Cruz County, including an 82-year-old woman whose credit cards were stolen during a burglary, according to Deputy April Skalland.

Coto and Jurado were arrested on Jan. 7 by the California Highway Patrol in a stolen vehicle. Skalland said the they were in possession of stolen credit cards and identity-theft items, but were released after posting a bail bond. A warrant was issued for their arrest on Friday, Jan. 11.

Jurado is on probation for felony evasion of a peace officer and Coto is on probation for being in possession of narcotics while carrying a firearm.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jurado and Coto should contact the sheriff's office at 831-471-1121.


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