(AP) -- A $6 million nationwide counterfeiting and identity theft
ring was busted in a series of synchronized raids across the Bay Area
Thursday morning, according to the Berkeley, Calif. Police Department.
Pistols, assault rifles, narcotics and "a very large quantity'' of
counterfeit travelers' and personal checks were taken into evidence
during 12 searches carried out at 7 a.m. by a task force of 65
officers, Officer Mary Kusmiss said.
The police also collected numerous counterfeit ID's and stacks of
personal profiles, which included names, birthdays, social security
numbers and credit card information, according to Kusmiss.
Thousands of pieces of potential evidence were seized Thursday in the
raids that were carried out in Berkeley, Oakland, Antioch, Stockton
and elsewhere, the police said.
Two suspects, a 45-year-old Vallejo man and a 49-year-old Berkeley
woman, whose names have not been released, were taken into custody
during the sting, Kusmiss said.
Investigators expect more arrests to follow.
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The search warrants and arrests are the fruit of a two-year
investigation conducted jointly by the Berkeley police and U.S.