CARLSBAD–Two Riverside County men suspected of mail theft and credit card fraud were arrested at a local motel, Carlsbad police said Wednesday.
Glenn Snider, 35, a transient, and Alexis Pierce, 26, were taken into custody without incident.
On December 23, police officers learned a felony warrant suspect was staying in a local motel room located in the 700 block of Raintree Drive. The officers contacted two individuals inside the motel room, one of whom had a felony warrant for transportation of narcotics.
Two officers discovered dozens of pieces of mail that appeared to have been stolen from residents from the cities of Encinitas, Oceanside, and San Marcos. Among the items of mail were approximately twenty checks totaling more than $55,000 issued by the Semper Fi Fund that were addressed to veterans and service providers across the country.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of several tools and pieces of equipment used for fraudulently altering and manufacturing credit cards. It appeared the men were engaged in altering checks and credit cards to allow them to make fraudulent purchases while remaining undetected. Also seized were burglary tools and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Snider and Pierce were booked into Vista Detention Facility on multiple felony charges, including possession of the identifying information of ten or more people, possession of altered credit cards, possession of equipment used to alter credit cards, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy, and possession of methamphetamine.