A man and woman accused of manufacturing fake credit cards in their room at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, are now lodged in the Placer County Jail.
Jason Paul Bourquin, 24, of Washington state, and Natasha Newlun, 26, of Alaska, were arrested Thursday night after allegedly using homemade credit cards to check into the luxury resort, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, near Truckee, run from about $360 to $1,200 per night this time of year, according to the hotel’s website.
Once hotel employees discovered that the couple’s credit cards were fake, they locked the couple out of their room. When the couple returned to their room and were unable to enter, they went to the front lobby to obtain a new key card.
Hotel employees called the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
As deputies arrived, Bourquin ran into the woods near the hotel, sheriff’s officials said. Newlun was taken into custody. Sheriff’s deputies discovered that Bourquin was a fugitive from Washington state.
Deputies, assisted by the California Highway Patrol and Truckee police, searched for Bourquin throughout the night. The following morning, a deputy spotted him hiking along Highway 267 near Truckee, and Bourquin was taken into custody without incident.
Inside the couple’s hotel room and vehicle, deputies found credit card-making equipment, illegal drugs and paraphernalia, stolen credit cards and evidence of identity theft, sheriff’s officials said.
Bourquin and Newlun were arrested on suspicion of numerous offenses, including possession of stolen property, making credit cards, identity theft, defrauding an innkeeper, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, and theft of an access card. Bourquin was also arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest.
Both remain in custody. Bourquin is being held without bail, and Newlun’s bail is set at $20,000.