SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco man suspected of trying rent a car with a fake ID and stolen credit cards Monday was arrested at San Francisco International Airport, the second identity theft arrest at the rental car terminal in less than a week, sheriff's officials said.

James Gracey, 31, was arrested on a series of identity theft and burglary charges about 10:45 p.m. after authorities determined he was trying to book a rental car with stolen IDs and credit cards, San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

Upon his arrest, investigators discovered Gracey had two outstanding felony warrants totaling $40,000 for previous burglaries and identity thefts, Rosenblatt said. Detectives later identified six potential identity theft victims of Gracey's, not including victims involved in the outstanding cases.

Gracey was booked on charges of identity theft, burglary, possession of fraudulent documents, possession of stolen property and methamphetamine possession. He remains in San Mateo County Jail in lieu of $140,000 bail.

Less than a week earlier, a San Francisco woman was arrested at the same rental car terminal after officials say she tried to book a vehicle with a stolen ID. Denise Rohrbach, 29, was booked on charges virtually identical to Gracey's after deputies found her with a slew of fake IDs, altered personal checks and credit cards in names that weren't hers, Rosenblatt said.

While the face of the two crimes appear exceedingly similar, Rosenblatt said they do not appear to be related, and that the location of the suspects' arrest appears to be coincidental.


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