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Claremont police nab identity theft crooks, 100+ victims

A stolen credit card led Claremont police to a gold mine over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, police responded to the Double Tree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., where a man had used a stolen credit card to pay for his stay and more than $300 in room service. Christian Gutierrez, a 36-year-old transient, was contacted and found in possession of at least 100 Social Security numbers, driver's licence and credit card numbers, acording to Claremont Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen. Police say Mr. Guttierez was also in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested for identity theft, drug possession and an outstanding warrant. 

Police made their way to another room at the hotel, paid for using the same stolen credit card. There, officers found two more subjects in possession of stolen checks and driver's licences, card readers and at least 50 stolen credit card numbers, according to Lt. Vander Veen. Methamphetamine and heroin were allegedly also found in the room. James Pinto, a 26-year-old transient, and Colin Nash, a 32-year-old West Covina resident, were also arrested for identity theft and drug possession. An arraignment date is tentatively set for tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4. 

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