For the second time this month, local sheriff’s deputies have arrested someone for allegedly identity theft and possessing shaved keys, used for gaining access to mailboxes.
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested one man and one woman Saturday, each on suspicion of obtaining someone’s identity information, a felony.
Arrested were Cody Irving, an unemployed resident of Los Angeles, who turns 22 years old on Tuesday, and 25-year-old Lauryn Lewis, of Saugus, who works as a cashier.
“Irving and Lewis were arrested on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Rosedell Drive and Urbandale Avenue, Saugus,” Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Tuesday.
“Deputies stopped to conduct a warrant investigation. They found that the suspects were in a stolen vehicle and possessed shaved vehicle keys, narcotics, and credit cards/id in names of other people,” she said.
Bail for both suspects was set at $50,000.
Earlier this month a Canyon Country man was arrested on suspicion of vandalizing a mailbox or mail. And, last month, deputies arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of vandalism to mailbox or mail in a case that also involved “shaved keys.”
“This was a man arrested for possessing shaved keys one of which appears to be able to open a mail box,” Cambra, who oversees the station’s Detective Section, told The Signal at that time. “There was no mail found with it.”
Shaved keys are legitimate keys that are ground down, according to a California detective who has written about them and has also seen them used for gaining access to mailboxes.
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