Identity thieves arrested in Auburn following $100k spending spree

12:59 PM, Aug 24, 2011   |    comments
  • Vyacheslav Berezenko
  • Michael Charles Ross
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AUBURN, CA - A suspicious clerk and some fast-acting Placer County sheriffs contributed to the arrest of two men shopping on a stolen credit card in Auburn Tuesday night.

A Placer County Sheriff's press release reported Michael Ross, 27 of Folsom and Vyacheslav Berezenko 23, of Sacramento spent more than $100,000 on a wild shopping spree from El Dorado County to the Bay Area.

According to the release, deputies responded to a call from the Auburn BevMo on Bell Road at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, where Ross and Berezenko were attempting to add to their running total. The clerk was suspicious of the card, contacted police and attempted to stall the two men until deputies arrived.

Ross and Berezenko fled prior to the deputies arrival, but following a large search, the suspected thieves were found in a nearby Home Depot parking lot, the report noted.

An ensuing search of the suspected thieves' car returned fake drivers' licenses, several fraudulent credit cards, about $10,000 worth of merchandise, and credit card receipts totalling more than $100,000.

According to the report, Ross and Berezenko obtained the cards in the names of others by stealing mail in the Shingle Springs area.

Ross and Berezenko were booked at Placer County Jail on charges of identity theft, burglary, grand theft, forgery, conspiracy, and making/possessing counterfeit credit cards.

Their bail is set at $20,000.


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