Authorities say Robinique Manuel, 21, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and ID theft at a San Carlos electronics store Thursday, then was
Authorities say Robinique Manuel, 21, of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and ID theft at a San Carlos electronics store Thursday, then was found to be carrying marijuana in her possessions when she was brought to jail. (Courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff's Department)

SAN CARLOS -- An Oakland woman was arrested on suspicion of identity theft at an electronics store -- then added to her troubles by getting caught bringing marijuana into jail, authorities said.

Deputies were called to a Best Buy store in San Carlos on Thursday by a person who reported a woman acting "suspiciously" inside the store. Deputies contacted Robinique Manuel, 21, of Oakland, and two other people, according to a news release.

An investigation yielded debit cards, gift cards and a California driver's license; police said all of them appeared to be fraudulently altered. Manuel also had two misdemeanor warrants for her arrest from outside of San Mateo County, officials said.

Manuel was arrested on suspicion of burglary, identity theft, possession of a forged identification card, and possession of a counterfeit card. She was taken to the San Mateo County Women's Jail, where officials discovered that she had an undisclosed amount of marijuana in her possession, leading to another charge of bringing an illegal substance into jail.

The two other people interviewed were not at the Best Buy store and were not directly involved, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt. They were not arrested.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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