Identity theft lab

An identity theft lab was discovered by authorities and four suspects were arrested in Rancho Cucamonga.  (Contributed photo by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)  

Four suspects were arrested in Rancho Cucamonga after a search by authorities found hundreds of fraudulent credit cards and identifications, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

On July 6 at 12:23 p.m., the Rancho Cucamonga Police Departments Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) served a search warrant with assistance from detectives and patrol deputies in the 9200 block of Milliken Avenue.

Upon entry, deputies came in contact with three men and two women. Once the subjects were detained, a fourth man, Malachi Gittens, arrived at the location but fled when deputies attempted to make contact with him, the Sheriff's Department said. Gittens was quickly found and taken into custody.

During a search of the residence, investigators recovered an identity theft lab, the Sheriff's Department said. The residence contained card readers, card label makers, two credit card embossers, hundreds of fraudulent credit cards, fraudulent identifications and about $11,000 in cash.

The four male suspects were then arrested and transported to West Valley Detention Center. Jamaw Chapman, Joseph Patrice, and Jody Petrus were booked on fraudulent and forgery charges. Gittens was booked for allegedly obstructing/resisting an officer.

An outstanding suspect named Jonathan David Ortiz is a person of interest in this case.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or leave information at www.wetip.com.

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