A representative from the Atherton Police Department has confirmed that APD investigators are looking into at least two incidents of fraud.
In the first, someone managed to steal identification information from a local resident. In this case, they said, the criminal was able to gain access to the victim’s bank accounts, set up automatic bill pay and in doing so was able to steal nearly $49,000.
In a second incident, a woman reported receiving an out of state hospital bill after a patient there had falsely identified himself as her son. That loss is estimated at more than $1,700.
Police investigators say they are also looking into several recent burglaries. In the first, someone went to a construction site and stole a sizable amount of tools including a table saw, batter powered power tools and others. Officers estimate the total loss was about $7,250.
In the second, someone broke into an Atherton Ave. residence and stole two large flat-panel televisions.
When the criminals are caught, they said, they will be booked into the Maguire Jail where they’ll be held pending bail bonds.
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