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Traffic stop leads to discovery of identity theft operation; 2 arrested

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( – A traffic stop led deputies to the discovery of a ‘large-scale’ identity theft operation inside an Apple Valley home.

Anthony Edmunds, 47, a resident of Apple Valley, was pulled over by the High Desert Regional Gang Team as they conducted a proactive gang enforcement on August 4th.

Edmunds and his passenger Jessica Schneider, 33, a Victorville transient, were found to have active warrants for larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

“The High Desert Gang Team was familiar with Anthony Edmonds from last year when deputies called him and ordered methamphetamine, Edmonds delivered it to them and was arrested,” officials said in a news release.

A search warrant was served at the 16000 block of Kasota Rd. in Apple Valley, where Edmonds resides in the garage.

“Deputies searched the garage and located evidence of a large scale identity theft operation including a credit card skimmer, blank credit cards, blank checks, social security cards, California identifications cards, stolen mail and personal information for over 50 victims,” stated the release.

Schneider was found to be in possession of about 2-ounces of methamphetamine and a meth pipe hidden in a body cavity.

Edmunds and Schneider were booked for possession of methamphetamine for sales and the outstanding arrest warrants.

officials say, the identity theft portion of the case is still being investigated and additional charges may be filed based on the outcome of the investigation.

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