Pinole police bust alleged ID thief after resident victimized


A Fair Oaks man accused of committing fraudulent transactions using other people’s information was busted after targeting a resident of Pinole.

On Oct. 11, a Pinole citizen reported that a suspect opened three credit cards on her business account, which were then used to fraudulently rack up $6,600 in charges at two retail businesses in the Sacramento area, according to the Pinole Police Department.

Pinole police detectives obtained video surveillance of a male suspect, accompanied by a female, committing one of the fraudulent transactions. With the assistance of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office investigators, the female was identified through booking photographs and facial recognition technology.

Detectives interviewed her, reviewed her prior law enforcement contacts, including her associates, and identified the male suspect as Christopher Briscoe, 56, out of Fair Oaks. Pinole detectives surveilled Briscoe and confirmed where he lived and his daily patterns. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, investigators served a search and arrest warrant on Briscoe at his home and safely took him into custody.

In his vehicle, detectives said they located the Pinole victim’s information. In his dining area, they found numerous other victims’ information, forged checks, credit card coding machines and an ID manufacturing lab.

“Detectives interviewed Briscoe and he confessed to identity theft, manufacturing fraudulent identification, check and credit card fraud,” police said.

He was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility and booked on charges including forgery, identity theft to obtain a credit card, possession of personal identifying information with intent to defraud and making fictitious checks.

Anyone with additional information on this case is encouraged to contact the Pinole Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 510-724-1111.