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YCSO Seeking Identity Theft Suspects

Identity theft thieves

Identity theft thieves

Sedona AZ (May 1, 2015) –  On April 21, 2015, an 82-year-old Chino Valley, Arizona, woman reported identity theft to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. The victim indicated her bank had recently contacted her about a suspicious attempt to purchase clothing at a men’s store in Phoenix with her credit card. After she told the bank representative she did not purchase anything at this store, the bank closed her account. A few days later, the victim obtained her bank statement and saw additional fraudulent purchases occurring twice at Robert’s Market, 6450 North Viewpoint in Prescott Valley, and a Sunglass Hut store in Phoenix.

The YCSO deputy was eventually able to obtain security video associated with the two transactions at Robert’s Market occurring on the same day, April 16, 2015, at approximately 7:15 in the evening with the second just before midnight. The total cost at Robert’s Market was $150.00  for gas, drinks and cigarettes. The suspect vehicle (pictured) appears to be a gray colored Jeep Patriot and contained at least three persons, two of whom exited the back seat of the Jeep and entered the store to make purchases – see photo.

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YCSO wants to find Identity Theft thieves who drove this vehicle

The victim explained that she recently received an email contact from a person claiming to represent her bank and requesting personal information to “fix” her accounts. It appears the suspects used information she provided to create a bank card with her account information used at the indicated locations.

Andy Lawton sought

Andy Lawton sought

If anyone recognizes these suspects and or their vehicle, you are urged to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232 or the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. With Silent Witness, you never have to leave your name and become eligible for a cash reward in the tip leads to an arrest. Reference Case number is 15-014223.

This public information was delayed pending receipt of the security video.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov.

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  1. caught yet? keep raising no goods and watch society fall.

  2. May 12, 2015 – Update – Suspect identified and being sought – The public’s help is requested.

    Since the original media release issued April 29, 2015, YCSO deputies have been working with partnering law enforcement agencies and have identified one of the suspects in this case.

    The suspect is 27-year-old Andy Lawton who is associated with the suspect vehicle – a grey 2012 Jeep Patriot displaying a Texas license plate of BJV0868.

    Lawton is from the Prescott area, but may be residing in Phoenix. He is on an active probation violation warrant.

    Lawton and at least one additional suspect have been making credit cards with stolen identification information purchased/obtained via the internet. The fraudulent cards have been used in both Prescott and Phoenix area businesses.

    YCSO would like to locate Lawton quickly and is urging anyone with information to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232 or the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. Refer to case number 15-014223.

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