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5 plead not guilty of identity theft

Posted: April 25, 2013 3:13 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2013 3:13 p.m.

Five people arrested for identity theft at a Stevenson Ranch hotel last month each entered a plea of not guilty in court Thursday, a court clerk said.

A woman and four men, all from communities outside the Santa Clarita Valley, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court charged with willfully obtaining personal identifying information, according California penal code section 530.5(a).

They each pleaded not guilty to the charge, the clerk said Thursday.

Charged are; Stella Arias, 29, a Los Angeles graphic designer; Jose Luis Olea, a 27-year-old unemployed resident of Homeland, Calif., Victor Alfonso Martinez, 19, also unemployed of Los Angeles; Riverside student Juan Dominguez, 18, and Alvaro Hector Martinez, 22, a Los Angeles mechanic.

All five remain in custody, the men at Pitchess Detention Center and the woman at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Each has bail set at more than $100,000.

All five were arrested March 25 by Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies acting on a tip about a stolen car, Sgt. Brian Allen said at the time of the arrest.

Responding deputies surrounded the Residence Inn on The Old Road in Stevenson Ranch and arrested the suspects. They found narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and documents that could be used in identity theft, an investigator said last month.
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