True Crime, Alameda Style

justice.pngMy Alameda-dwelling friend Dave just posted an article on identity theft to Techblorge. Crime occurs all around me every day; just a few days ago there was a shooting not far from my house in West Oakland; my car was broken into last month; there’s plenty of excitement on this side of the Estuary. But I still feel that weird thrill of the starfuck when wicked things happen close to me.

The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported a research firm’s estimate that 8.4 million people were victims of identity theft in 2006. In June, a San Francisco woman even recognized the person who’d stolen her identity from a bank’s security camera photo — standing in front of her in line at a Starbucks.

…In nearby Alameda, the police were able to arrest another team of suspected identity thieves in June. 400 miles away, in Orange County, California, a woman had noticed her credit card being used to book a room in a hotel. At the hotel, police arrested the couple, where they found a Gateway computer that they’d also purchased with the credit card. But in addition, the couple had another laptop which the police believed was stolen from the Bayer corporation.

Read the whole article here.

Image courtesy of the US Justice Dept., via Wikipedia.

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