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Suspicious subject call yields ID theft arrest and recovery of stolen items

An investigation into a suspicious persons call resulted in the recovery of thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise and the arrest of three suspects.

Deputies at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, responded to reports of suspicious subjects at Kohl’s in the 22000 block of El Paseo in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Upon arrival, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with three people matching the description of the persons from the suspicious subjects call.  

A search of the suspects’ vehicle led to the recovery of numerous credit cards and thousands of dollars in merchandise from local businesses, including clothing and power tools.  

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department’s Economic Crimes Unit responded to the scene and determined the credits cards all had been either altered or stolen.

Savina Hernandez, 37; John Lopez , 31; and Angelina Venagas, 28, all were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and burglary.