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Bad check leads Roseville police to identity-theft suspects

Shelby Leeann Moore
Shelby Leeann Moore Booking photo, Roseville Police Department

Two Sacramento County residents were arrested Wednesday, accused of using a fraudulent check and stolen identity to purchase furniture at a Roseville store.

Following a search of their residence, Shelby Leeann Moore, 29, and Trevor Lichnock-Gembe, 28, were booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of identity theft, grand theft and conspiracy. Lichnock-Gembe also is being held on a Sacramento County warrant for auto theft, according to a Roseville Police Department news release.

On March 10, a couple went into a Roseville furniture store and bought a sectional couch. A few days later, a bank told the retailer that the check used to purchase the sofa was fraudulent. After unsuccessful efforts to collect payment from the buyers, the retailer contacted Roseville police.

Detectives discovered that not only was the check fraudulent, but the woman used someone else’s identity to make the purchase.

On Wednesday, detectives went to an apartment on Old Placerville Road in Sacramento County, contacted the residents and conducted a probation search. They found stolen mail, numerous pieces of stolen and forged identification, forged checks and property that detectives suspect was stolen during thefts and burglaries in Sacramento County. They also recovered the fraudulently purchased couch and returned it to the Roseville business.

Police said detectives are forwarding information to U.S. Postal Service inspectors about the mail thefts and to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department regarding the suspected stolen property from that jurisdiction.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy