About 4 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the BevMo! store at 1621 E. Monte Vista Ave., where an employee reported that someone had placed an online order using a stolen credit card. The suspects arrived at the store to pick up the order, but when they learned the store would not honor the transaction, they tried to leave, according to a Police Department news release.
Police detained the suspects, identified as Ebony Tyresha Hayes (left photo), 27, of San Francisco and Bianca Michelle Fleming (right photo), 29, of Pinole, a short distance from the store.
During the investigation, officers linked the women to incidents of fraud and identity theft in nine California cities as far south as Costa Mesa.
The women allegedly used a highly sophisticated method to complete the fraudulent transactions. At one point, police said, the U.S. Secret Service responded to assist with the investigation.
Fleming and Hayes were arrested on suspicion of fraud and identity theft and booked into Solano County Jail. Hayes also was booked on an outstanding felony warrant for identity theft out of Nevada.
The case remains under investigation. Officials said the dollar amount of the various frauds attributed to the women is not known at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Officer Debi Lopez at (707) 449-5200.