Lodi police have arrested six people on a variety of charges in what appears to be a large counterfeit ring involving money, checks and stolen mail, police said.
Two men in a car near Fairmont Avenue and Kettleman Lane were arrested, and a search warrant for a home in the 500 block of Almond Drive netted four more arrests, Lodi police Detective Ernie Nies said.
Shawn Porter, 34, of Lodi, and Kristopher Althiede, 22, of Stockton, were arrested after a minor traffic violation at about 8 p.m. Thursday after officers found large amounts of copied money, blank checks, checks written to other people, other people's mail and an 18-inch-long machete, Nies said.
Althiede, a passenger in the car, ran away from officers, through the back door of a residence on Brandywine Drive and out the front door, Nies said. He was bitten and subdued by a police dog, he said.
Both men were arrested on suspicion of forgery and possessing forged bills, forged checks and stolen property, Nies said.
Porter was also arrested on suspicion of possessing someone else's ATM card, possession of syringes, a suspended license, less than an ounce of marijuana, being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and being a felon in possession of ammunition, Nies said. He also allegedly possessed an M-80, an explosive that Nies described as not being a firecracker. "It's way bigger than that," he said.
Althiede was also arrested on suspicion of giving a false name, resisting arrest, trespassing, prowling and not wearing a seatbelt, Nies said. He also had two outstanding warrants totaling $50,000.
One of the checks found in Porter's car included one linked to an address in the 500 block of Almond Drive, where officers searched the home of Terry Oneto, 47, on Friday night, Nies said.
Oneto, who is either Porter's wife or girlfriend, Nies said, was arrested on suspicion of possessing forged bills, checks, drug paraphernalia and stolen property, passing forged checks and committing a felony while on felony release, Nies said. Oneto is on active probation from Santa Cruz and uses several other names, he said.
Also arrested at Oneto's residence were Susan Chapple, 31, of Stockton, her ex-husband, Marc Glen Chapple, 32, and Marc Chapple's girlfriend, Heather Richardson, 26. Police aren't sure where Richardson and Marc Chapple live.
Susan Chapple was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, stolen property, a stolen ATM card and less than an ounce of marijuana, Nies said.
Marc Chapple was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, and Richardson on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, Nies said. Neither Chapple nor Richardson were implicated on counterfeit or mail theft charges.
Richardson was released on bail Sunday, but the amount wasn't known, Nies said. The other five were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Lodi court.
The case continues to be under investigation by Lodi police and the U.S. Secret Service because it involves stolen mail, Nies said. More charges against the six suspects may be filed, he said, and there may be more people arrested in what Nies described as a very confusing case.
"It took us 12 hours of report writing to get it straight," Nies said.
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