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Three people arrested in Placer County accused of identity theft operation

Cassie Delmugnaio
Cassie Delmugnaio Booking photo, Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Three people were arrested early Wednesday morning at motels in Auburn and Roseville, where they were allegedly operating a large-scale identity theft ring and selling drugs.

Cassie Delmugnaio, 36, of Sacramento, and Kristina Downs, 25, of Auburn were taken into custody by Placer County sheriff’s deputies at the Quality Inn on Lincoln Way in Auburn. In the room, deputies found numerous items belonging to other people, including credit cards, “green dot” cards, cell phones, Social Security numbers, tax returns and mail, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Deputies also found a computer printer and other items used to manufacture fictitious checks, sheriff’s officials said.

Downs allegedly was found to possess drugs and both women had warrants, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Information obtained at the Auburn location led detectives to the Fairfield Inn in Roseville. There, a Placer County sheriff’s detective, with the assistance of Roseville police, found and arrested Joseph Theordore Sisk, 37, who was described as a transient. Sheriff’s officials said he had a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine and they found indication of drug sales.

Sisk also was in possession of computers and a large number of items related to identity theft, and sheriff’s officials said he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

They said a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Roseville Police Department is continuing. Sheriff’s officials said detectives will contact potential victims.

All three suspects were booked into Placer County Jail in Auburn. Sisk’s bail is set at $355,00; Delmugnaio’s at $35,500; and Downs’ at $30,000.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.