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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

Galt police were involved in two identity theft incidents on Monday, police said.

At about 1:55 a.m., officers were involved in a high speed pursuit that ended in Acampo. Joseph Polendey Langman, 35, was driving a stolen vehicle that included forged checks, blank credit cards and computer equipment, according to Galt Police Lt. Jim Uptegrove.

Langman, who is on probation, was arrested later on Monday on suspicion of vehicle theft and evading a police officer, Uptegrove said. Detectives are investigating the property found in the vehicle before recommending additional charges to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, he said.

In a separate incident Monday, the Union 76 Mini Mart, 700 C St., told Galt police at 8:54 a.m. that a credit card skimmer was attached to one of the gas pumps. According to the clerk, the skimmer may have been on the pump for up to three days.

No suspects have been identified, and detectives are working to determine if any victim information was actually collected by the device, Uptegrove said.

“These two cases serve as a reminder that identity theft is a growing criminal enterprise,” Uptegrove said. “Paying close attention to credit card and bank statements along with reviewing your credit history is essential to quickly recognizing if you have become a victim of identity theft. This is even more important during the up-and-coming holiday season, when we tend to use charge cards more frequently.”

Uptegrove advises people to shred items that contain your Social Security number, medical information, bank statements and other documents containing information criminals can use to steal your identity.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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