A Lodi woman on parole for forgery was arrested Tuesday after detectives allegedly found checks, Social Security card notices, photocopied personal information and pre-approved credit card applications.
Paula Carlisle, 32, was arrested after detectives arrived at her Almond Drive home to conduct a probation search, Detective Sgt. Steven Price said.
Investigators are contacting people listed on the documents to determine if the items had actually been used for fraud and theft. At the least, their identities have been stolen, according to Detective Mike Kermgard.
Detectives also said they found a glass smoking pipe, along with identification cards and what appeared to be the beginning stages of counterfeiting money.
Price said the items included checks that had been "washed," a process in which checks are intercepted and a chemical is used to erase the payee's name and dollar amount, so the check can instead be written to someone else. Some companies now make pens that safeguard against check washing, and placing clear tape across parts of the check also work as a deterrent.
Carlisle was convicted of forgery in the Bay Area and is on parole, Price said, meaning that she had served time in state prison.
Carlisle was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail, where she is being held without bail on suspicion of violating the terms of her parole. She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Lodi court.
Restaurant robbed at gunpoint
Two men robbed a west Lodi restaurant at gunpoint Tuesday and fled with cash, police said.
The men entered Taco Del Mar, 2533 W. Kettleman Lane, at 9 p.m., and one held two employees at gunpoint, Lodi Police Sgt. Chris Jacobson said. The other man emptied the cash register and then both men fled north on foot through the parking lot east of Lowe's.
Nobody was injured and there were no customers in the restaurant.
The suspect who wielded a small handgun was described as a heavyset white man in his late 20s with blond, spiky hair and a bandana over his face, Jacobson said. The other suspect was described as a tall, slender black man with a clean-shaven face.
Lodi officer and dog place in competition
A Lodi police officer and his dog took fourth place in a weekend competition of 45 handlers and their dogs, and placed first in the protection phase.
Officer Carlos Fuentes and his dog, Bogey, received near-perfect scores in the protection contest, which required the dog to differentiate between a "suspect" and a "victim," said Sgt. Chris Jacobson, who oversees the department's K9 unit.
"If you're doing a dog competition, the big event of the day is protection. Every dog handler comes for that one. To get a trophy is a big deal; to win it is even better," he said.
Handlers only learned minutes before the contest that the "victim" would be wearing a full protective suit and would be running, as if fleeing from an armed assailant. The "suspect," meanwhile, would wear a hidden protective arm sleeve and wouldn't move.
Dogs like to run after something that's fleeing, Jacobson said, so the challenge was to see if the dogs would obey the officers and instead go after the man who was standing still. Only a few, Bogey included, obeyed their handlers.
The Saturday competition was put on by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department and was held in Stockton.
Lodi will host its annual competition Sept. 8. across the region.