Phoenix police seek female suspect in identity theft, forgery case

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The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in this photo. By Jennifer Thomas The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in this photo. By Jennifer Thomas
The suspect vehicle is similar to the one depicted in this photo. By Jennifer Thomas The suspect vehicle is similar to the one depicted in this photo. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in an identity theft and forgery case.

Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes said a vehicle was burglarized while it was parked at Mountainside Fitness in north Peoria on May 31. The victim's purse containing her identification and personal banking information was stolen.

At around 5:30 p.m. on June 3 and again between 2:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. the next day, the female suspect cashed seven checks, each in the amount of $1,000, at seven different Arizona Federal Credit Union drive-thru teller locations around the Phoenix area.

Holmes said the suspect used the victim's identity and credit union account number, on a Bank of America forged check, in each of the fraudulent transactions.

The suspect is described as a white female in her 30s with blond hair and a small build. She was driving a vehicle similar to a white 2013 Chrysler 300.

Anyone with information about the suspect's identity is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Callers may remain anonymous.

Police warn against leaving personal items, such as purses, briefcases, cellphones and computers, in vehicles. These items are often the target of would-be thieves.