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Suspect arrested in blond scammer thefts

Posted: March 3, 2013 10:16 a.m.
Updated: March 3, 2013 10:16 a.m.

A woman suspected of being the blond scammer for allegedly stalking other women at grocery stores, stealing their wallets and then using their IDs to obtain cash or expensive jewelry has been arrested, a local sheriff’s spokesman said.

Pilar Raine Abalos, 42, of Poway in San Diego County, was arrested by officers of the Inglewood Police Department on Valentine’s Day and held on $100,000 bail.

On Friday, she was booked by “other state agencies” then, a day later, placed into custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, according to the booking log posted by the Inmate Information Center of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On Saturday, Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station notified local media that Abalos is the woman local detectives have been looking for in connection with thefts that occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The crime for which she is suspected to have committed was not mentioned in the booking log.

“The Santa Clarita Valley station detective assigned to investigate this incident partnered with neighboring law enforcement agencies, local news media, and the community we serve in order to solve this case,” Dubin said in an email Saturday.

Local detectives took the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s and a $220,000 warrant for burglary and identity theft was issued for this woman in regards to the crimes that occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley a few months ago, according to Dubin.

In January, local deputies responded to three separate reports of women whose wallets were stolen, Dubin said at that time.

All three female victims stated they had their wallets removed from their purses while shopping at various grocery stores in the Santa Clarita Valley, he said.

Following the theft of the wallets, the suspect used the victims’ credit cards to obtain cash advances at various banks and to purchase — or attempt to purchase — expensive jewelry.

Detectives said at the time that they believe the woman - described only as blond - was working with an accomplice.

On Feb. 5, Local sheriff’s deputies arrested Valerie Lynne Ray, 54, of Los Angeles, the alleged ringleader of the scam.

Ray was charged with grand theft in connection with thefts that occurred in the Santa Clarita Valley.

After Ray’s arrest, local detectives released photos of the blond scammer in the hopes someone from the public would identify her.

Abalos is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court later this month.

Ray is scheduled to appear in the same court next week.


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