Two suspects taken into custody for fraud and identity theft


by Erin Kennedy

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 5:00 PM

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PHOENIX -- Two suspects are in custody for identity theft and fraud after they allegedly attempted to shoplift at a Walmart.

On Sept. 22, the male and female suspects left the Walmart at 1725 W. Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley without paying for a set of luggage. When a loss prevention officer approached them, the suspects became confrontational and left the store in a green Chevy Blazer.

A Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputy responding to a call about the shoplifting spotted the vehicle near Rittenhouse and Combs roads in Queen Creek.

The suspects drove into a church parking lot and the male suspect, Richard Colby, 45, of Mesa, walked inside the church. The female suspect, Janelle Mancuso, 37, of Selah, Wash., remained inside the car.

When deputies approached him, Colby said he was a member of the church and was working with other church members. However, the other church members said they did not know Colby.

The set of stolen luggage could be easily seen in the car. Deputies took Colby and Mancuso into custody.

When first taken into custody, the couple gave false names. PCSO property crime detectives discovered fake photo IDs, checks, business cards and retail store memberships under their names inside the vehicle. Detectives also found computers and other gear the suspects used to make fake documents.  

“Colby and Mancuso were both wanted for other outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants from prior cases,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said.

The suspects also bought computers and other items then sold them at pawn shops, Babeu said.

Colby and Mancuso were booked at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.