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Roseville garage burglary leads detectives to identity theft operation

Nathan Randolph Braden
Nathan Randolph Braden Roseville Police Department

A garage burglary in Roseville has led to the arrest of two Orangevale residents and discovery of an identity theft operation.

Roseville detectives launched an investigation following an April 6 burglary at a local home. A resident of Vista Creek Drive was going to work and went back into her house for a minute, leaving her garage door open and her car unlocked. She later discovered that, during that brief period, someone entered her garage and stole her laptop computer and other items from her car.

With the victim’s help, detectives developed information that led them to a house on Blue Oak Drive in Orangevale, according to a Police Department news release. On April 18, they served a search warrant at the house and found some of the property stolen in the Roseville burglary.

They also found a community mailbox recently stolen from the Orangevale area, along with various documents with personal identifying information, including names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers and bank account numbers of victims in Roseville and other communities in Placer and Sacramento counties.

Detectives also found evidence of an identity theft manufacturing operation, including check-making materials and equipment used to manufacture and encode credit cards with stolen bank account information, the news release said.

Stephanie Gardner, 33, and Nathan Randolph Braden, 36, were arrested on suspicion of identity theft involving 10 or more victims, possession of stolen property and other related offenses, as well as Sacramento County warrants, police reported.

Detectives learned that the identifying information of victims in the case had been stolen in various ways, including stolen mail, purses or wallets taken from cars, or during residential burglaries.

Police urge residents to guard their personal information by promptly picking up mail from their mailbox, keeping a close eye on purses and wallets when in public places, and never leaving them unattended in a vehicle.