RICHMOND -- A Richmond man with a history of stealing identities has been arrested on suspicion of doing so once again, after a probation search by police revealed stolen mail, phone numbers and e-mail information, police said.

William Edwards was arrested along with a female companion, Kalita Thomas, on Jan. 31, on suspicion of mail and identity theft after police found identifying information for approximately 80 victims in several states, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Edwards had been on parole after being convicted of vehicle theft and identity theft in Alameda County and still has two cases in federal court pending against him on identity theft charges, Abetkov said.

Police uncovered the scheme during a probation search at Edwards' residence in the 2000 block of Coalinga Avenue. During the search, police found a backpack belonging to Edwards and a purse belonging to Thomas, Abetkov said. Inside both were mail, credit card information, phone numbers and email information, Abetkov said.

The evidence found in the bag was linked to identity theft cases that were years old, she said.

Edwards and Thomas each were taken to County Jail.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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