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Special delivery: Citizen, Roseville detective surprise identity theft suspect

Robert Atherton Porter Jr.
Robert Atherton Porter Jr. Roseville police

The detective work of a citizen and Roseville Police Department officer combined to present to a Sacramento man a 3D printer purchased with stolen credit card information - a special delivery that resulted in the arrest of an identity theft suspect.

The creative detective work began March 25 when a Roseville resident reported to police that his wife’s credit card information had been stolen. His wife still had her card, but somebody had used the credit card information to make an online purchase of a 3D printer.

After some detective work, the husband, a retired Sacramento Police Department lieutenant, discovered that the printer was to be shipped to an address in Sacramento, according to a Roseville police newsletter. A Roseville detective pretended to be a delivery man, presenting the printer to a 36-year-old Sacramento man at his residence.

When he accepted the package, Robert Atherton Porter Jr. was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and related charges.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.