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MVPD arrest two in connection with identity theft case

A Morgan Hill woman and a San Jose man were arrested Wednesday after Mountain View officers found them to be in possession of several fake IDs, a stolen truck and drug paraphernalia.

Around 10 am, MVPD officers were in area of 55 Fairchild Drive near the Ramada Mountain View when they noticed a man and a woman acting suspiciously. The officers subsequently walked over to try to meet with them as they were getting into a truck. 

The officers stopped the pair, and while speaking with the woman, identified as 36-year-old Beverly Minnich, we learned she had a felony warrant issued for her arrest and she was immediately detained. The officers also detained 42-year-old Ramiro Lozano, whom we learned was on probation for drug and property crime violations.

As officers were searching the truck, they found numerous fraudulent identifications, the personal identifying information of several people, and items used to make fraudulent documents, including a printer and a laminator. They also learned during their initial investigation that the truck Lozano and Minnich were in was an unreported stolen vehicle, which the victim was actually in the process of reporting it stolen. Officers also found what appeared to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Minnich and Lozano were booked into Santa Clara County Jail for identity theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug related charges. Further investigation is being done to contact the victims whose information was found to be in Minnich and Lozano's possession and being illegally used by them. Please note, the investigation of this case is still ongoing. 

We also want to take a moment to remind folks to make sure that you do not leave any items in your cars that may be of value to you. Always take your backpacks, purses, wallets, etc. with you whenever you go into a store or into your home, even if it's "for just a minute." A theft can take seconds, and there is no worse feeling than that of having things taken from you.