Today’s Date: March 23, 2017
Submitted By: John P. Miller, Chief of Police
Phone: (530) 795-2261
On March 9, 2017, a Winters resident reported to the Winters Police Department that her bank had notified her of an attempt to fraudulently cash a check from her account for $1900. Winters Police Department personnel followed up on the case and determined the victim had apparently had her checks stolen during shipment from the bank. Further, it was determined the suspects had attempted to cash the check in Woodland as well as setting up a PayPal account linked to the victim’s checking account.
Winters Police Department obtained the check from the bank, which had the identifying information, signature, and thumbprint of the suspect. The suspect was positively identified as Robert Allen Marcus, a 30-year-old Antioch resident on parole. Additionally, the bank provided video surveillance showing Marcus and a female accomplice, who had identified herself to bank employees by the victim’s name, as well as an associated vehicle. The female was positively identified as Sabrina Anne Kase, a 35-year-old Woodland resident known to the Winters Police Department.
On March 22, while the case was still under active investigation, Winters Police Department Corporal Gordon Brown was on routine patrol in Winters and saw the suspect’s vehicle being driven by Kase. Corporal Brown contacted Kase in the 400 block of E. Main St. in Winters. Marcus was subsequently found to be a passenger in the vehicle. Both were taken into custody and subsequently booked at Yolo County Jail for felony charges of check fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy. Marcus was additionally charged with burglary and violating terms of parole and Kase was charged with misappropriation of found property and an outstanding warrant from Solano County.
This case illustrates the potential harm of identity theft. Thankfully, damage to the victim was limited by the diligent bank personnel and by the prompt and thorough investigation of the Winters Police Department and by Corporal Brown’ attentiveness.
The Winters Police Department reminds all residents to please be aware and protect their personal and financial information and to immediately report instances of identity theft.