CHANDLER, AZ – Since November of 2010, there has been a series of vehicle burglaries across the valley where victims’ purses have been stolen, many times when the victim has left her purse in the car while dropping off a child at day-care or while visiting City parks. Witnesses have reported seeing a white mini-van, possibly a Dodge Grand Caravan, leaving the area immediately after the burglaries occur.
The suspects then use stolen ID’s, checks, and bank cards to cash forged checks at various bank drive-through locations in Chandler and across the valley, employing wigs and other items to make themselves appear more like the person whose stolen ID they are using. One vehicle used during the commission of some of these crimes is a white 2009 Kia Borrego SUV; another is a black, newer-model Mazda CX9 crossover SUV.
The Chandler Police Department has identified seventeen different victims, to date, whose names have appeared on the forged checks.
The Chandler Police Department encourages anyone with information about this case to call 480-782-4130.