FREMONT -- A Bay Area ex-con was behind bars Monday on suspicion of identity theft after police said he had personal information and checks belonging to at least 60 people from across the United States.
Antoine Wells, 29, Fremont, was arrested at the Motel 6 at 4047 Fremont Blvd. on suspicion of receiving known stolen property, appropriation of lost property and failure to appear in court, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
Bosques said that an officer learned Wells was staying at the motel and just before 9 a.m. Monday served him with an outstanding warrant out of Sacramento for failure to appear in court for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Bosques said. Information on his previous convictions was not available.
During a search, the officer located evidence of identity theft from at least 60 victims, Bosques said.
Checks, personal information and profiles from victims in areas including Hayward, San Leandro, Florida, and New York were found inside the room, Bosques said.
In addition, the officer located possible evidence from an out-of-town burglary and property taken in an out-of-town robbery, Bosques said.
Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 510-790-6800 or at the anonymous tip line at 510-494-4856.
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