A Richmond man was arrested by the Nevada Highway Patrol last weekend in connection with a “major identity theft case,” the Elko Daily Free Press reported.
Tyres Dudley, 33, was one of four Northern Californians who occupied a car that was searched by Nevada troopers on an Interstate 80 off-ramp in Independence Valley on Saturday, according to the newspaper.
Inside the car, troopers found at least 25 credit cards with different names and an electronic credit card reader that can both manufacture and activate credit cards, authorities said.
A trooper took interest in the car as it was parked on the I-80 off-ramp with front-end damage, possibly from striking a coyote. When the trooper approached, he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and one of the occupants, Allen Washington, 29, of Oakland, had a felony warrant out for his arrest related to firearms charges in Reno, authorities said.
The other two suspects were identified as Desean A. Giles, 32, of Sacramento and Lynette L. McKinney, 39, of Stockton.