Sacto 9-1-1
September 25, 2012
Incidents trigger Galt police to issue ID theft warning

By Ed Fletcher

Two events in Galt prompted police to offer a warning on identity theft.

Galt police officials say a suspected identity thief was arrested Monday after a high-speed chase.

The chase concluded around 2 a.m. Monday when a man, later identified as Joseph Polendey Langman, 35, fled in a stolen vehicle after leading police to Acampo, south of Galt, according to a Police Department news release.

Within the stolen vehicle, officers found forged checks, blank credit cards and computer equipment, the release said.

Officers later located Langman, who is on probation, and placed him under arrest.

He was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft and evading police, but other charges my be forthcoming, according to the release.

Also on Monday, officers investigated a credit card skimmer that may be been in place for three days at the Union 76 Mini Mart at 700 C St.

The second incident is believed, at this point, to be unrelated to the first incident.

No suspects have been identified in the skimming incident, Galt police said.

"These two cases serve as a reminder that identity theft is a growing criminal enterprise," offered Lt. Jim Uptegrove, in the prepared statement. "Paying close attention to credit card and bank statements along with reviewing your credit history is essential to quickly recognizing if you have become a victim of identity theft."

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