Yucaipa Deputies Uncover Identity Theft Operation
Deputies have uncovered an identity theft operation in the City after a victim reported his personal information was being fraudulently used when his mailbox was broken into. During the investigation, Deputy Bremer identified Sharilynn Castle, a Yucaipa resident as the suspect. Deputies obtained a search warrant for Castle’s residence.
On Sunday, deputies from the Yucaipa Station, assisted by a sheriff’s helicopter, served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. William Santosalvo ran out of the residence and attempted to escape but was quickly captured and taken into custody. Evidence of fraud and stolen items from thefts in the Yucaipa area were recovered from the residence.
Personal information from victims in surrounding cities and counties were also found in Castle’s possession. An initial assessment revealed the suspects were in possession of personal identifying information of approximately 100 other potential victims. Deputies and detectives are now engaged in the painstaking process of locating victims and helping them sort through the identity theft recovery process.
Both Castle and Santosalvo face multiple charges including drug charges, identify theft and credit card fraud charges. Castle, who was out on bail for an unrelated stolen property charge, was also booked for committing a new crime while out on bail. She is being held on $100,000 bail. Santosalvo was found to have a felony warrant on an unrelated vehicle theft charge and is being held without bail.
The Yucaipa Station would like to take this opportunity to educate residents in identity theft prevention. If you have mail delivered to your house: get a locking mailbox and collect your mail daily, monitor your credit and sign up for credit alerts which can notify you of changes to your credit report, and report suspicious people or vehicles seen checking mailboxes or following delivery trucks.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Yucaipa Police Department at (909) 918-2305. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.