■ Chronicle News Staff
Last month, Task Force Officers (TFO) of the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force discovered personal identifying documents affecting over 100 victims of possible identity theft after pulling over two suspects in Hemet.
On Jan 29, Hemet TFOs conducted a routine traffic stop for a vehicle code violation in the 100 block of South Girard Street in Hemet. Officers identified the driver as 24 year-old Laurence Bealer and the passenger as 47 year-old Laura Maynard. Both suspects are residents of Hemet.
Bealer was on probation for identity theft at the time of the stop. Officers proceeded to search the vehicle, which resulted in the recovery of the following items not belonging to Bealer or Maynard: A large quantity of mail belonging to numerous people, documents containing personal identifying information, credit cards, identification cards, driver licenses, and bank checks.
One of the driver licenses and checks were determined to be related to a robbery that had occurred in November of 2018 on Galicia Drive in Hemet. The victim was able to identify the stopped vehicle from memory, including Bealer as one of the two suspects involved in the robbery. During the investigation, TFOs also learned that Maynard had attempted to cash at least two checks using the robbery victim’s identity.
Bealer and Maynard were both taken into custody for the investigation of a variety of charges and were eventually booked into the Southwest Detention Center.
The large quantity of mail, notebooks containing personal identifying information, identification cards, driver licenses, credit cards, and checks consisted of over 152 potential victims from Riverside County, San Diego County, and Los Angeles County. TFOs have already located several victims of mailbox thefts, thefts from vehicles, vehicle burglaries, and victims of identity theft. This is currently an ongoing investigation.
Bealer was charged for the investigation of multiple counts of identity theft and robbery. Maynard was charged for the investigation of identity theft, identity theft with a prior conviction for identity theft (4 counts), burglary, forgery, and possession of Methamphetamine. According to a search of the Riverside County Sheriff inmate records, both Bealer and Maynard are currently out of custody on bail that was posted at $30,000 each. Bealer was released on Feb. 2 and Maynard on Feb. 4.
If anyone has any information related to this incident, please contact Det. Troncale (Hemet Police Dept.) at (951) 765-3868.
The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force has been in existence since April 2006. The Law Enforcement Agencies within “The Valley” have been working together since this time on a daily basis. The Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force is comprised of members from the Hemet Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Riverside County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, and the US Customs and Border Protection. This task force operates in the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto and the unincorporated areas of Hemet.
The law enforcement leadership within the valley meets regularly and coordinates gang task force activities. Since the formation of the task force, leadership has recognized the importance of working together to provide the highest level of service for the citizens within the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley.
The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force is one of eight teams composing the entire Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs.