Posted by on January 31, 2018
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(by Alex Kekauoha) – Novato police, with help from the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested a woman who allegedly made thousands of dollars worth of purchases using stolen identities.

Last September, several Novato residents reported being victims of identity theft. Police investigated and identified 44-year-old Kimberly Allen of Novato as the suspect.

Police learned that Allen opened lines of credit at various businesses in Marin County using the victims’ personal information. She allegedly made more than $10,000 worth of purchases, police said.

Police also learned that Allen was on federal probation for fraud-related offenses. She was also wanted on a federal warrant related to a separate investigation, police said.

Earlier this month, police referred the case to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution and obtained an arrest warrant for Allen.

On Tuesday, police received information that Allen was possibly staying at a hotel in Petaluma. With help from Petaluma police and the Marshals Service, Novato police took Allen into custody.

Police are reminding residents to check their personal credit and bank accounts for unauthorized use. Additional resources and information about identity theft is available online at www.novatopolice.org.