Monday, November 30, 2009

Identity theft equipment, cocaine found at apartment, Alameda police say

ALAMEDA — Equipment linked to identity theft, including a machine for embossing names and numbers on blank credit cards, was seized when investigators searched an apartment in the city's West End.

Along with an embossing machine, police seized scanners, printers and four computers at the Buena Vista Avenue apartment, where officers also said they found 11 ounces of cocaine.

Personal information belonging to about 25 people was discovered at the apartment, police said.

Suspect Vandale Sims, 36, began renting the unit in September, but investigators think he was actually living in Oakland and that he used the apartment as a workshop. Contra Costa Times

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