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    Suspect arrested for Identity Theft, Forgery, and Possession of Stolen Mail

    Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

    32-year-old Santa Paula resident was arrested for stealing mail, attempting to cash stolen checks, and possession of several “washed” checks.

    On April 19, at approximately 4:00 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a theft of mail in the 12000 Block of Koenigstein Road, Santa Paula, Ca. The victim reported that his outgoing mail was stolen from his mailbox, included in the stolen mail was an envelope that contained a check. After the theft, the victim’s bank alerted him that someone attempted to fraudulently cash the stolen check.

    The Fillmore Detective Bureau quickly followed up on this case. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Emily Randles also known as Emily Gholson, a resident of Santa Paula. Randles has a history of theft and drug related arrests.

    On April 23, Detectives contacted and arrested Randles in the city of Ventura. At the time of her arrest, Randles was in possession of several folders containing blank check stock, stolen credit cards, additional stolen checks, and illegal photocopies of legal tender (bills).

    Randles was taken into custody for several felonies and was subsequently booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for Identity Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Forgery. Randles remains in custody with her bail set at $50,000. Her next court date is set for 04/27/2021.

    Anyone with information pertaining to crimes of this nature are urged to contact Detective Salas at the below listed number. The reporting party may remain anonymous.

    The Fillmore Police Department encourages citizens to report suspicious people and vehicles, and to report any crime they come across by calling 911. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.

    Join us in the fight on crime by following us on Twitter @VENTURASHERIFF, Facebook, Instagram @ VCSHERIFF, and with Nixle by texting your zip code to 888777 to receive local law enforcement and public safety alerts and advisories.

    Please remember that Postal Inspectors across the country work hard to protect your mail. However, with deliveries to more than 100 million addresses, the Postal Inspection Service cannot do the job alone. You can protect your mail from thieves by remembering to pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Do not leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you are expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail. This diligence will assist in the prevention of becoming a victim of identity theft.

    If you see or suspect a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately 9-1-1, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 and (press 3) or visit the below link. https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/investigations/mailfraud/fraudschemes/mailtheft/tipthieves.aspx

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