Man accused of identity theft arrested again

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A man previously accused of identity theft is behind bars again after police found numerous bank cards belonging to different people in his bag.

It all began with a traffic stop for an obstructed license plate.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as David Lee Santos, a man who was arrested in the past for identity theft.

When police encountered Santos, he told authorities that he stopped smoking meth and invited them to search the vehicle.

Police also searched a messenger bag noting that as Santos opened the bag several documents fell out. Among the items in the bag were bank cards belonging to various individuals, loose checks, and “a large amount of U.S. currency.

Police report that they have not been able to locate all the people identified on the bank cards but were able to contact one victim whose name was identified on two bank cards. The victim told police that he had no knowledge of the cards and believed Santos was using his name to acquire bank accounts.

The victim “told police that he had received several emails from banks about suspicious activities on his accounts.” The victim said he never applied for those accounts.

The victim apparently knows the defendant, indicating that he took Santos to the bank three weeks ago, where he denied Santos’ request to deposit checks into the victim’s account.

After the bank, the two reportedly went to Tumon where the victim got drunk and fell asleep. He awoke to Santos showing him that he withdrew $200 from the victim’s account. This led to an argument.

Santos was interviewed by police who reported the following admissions:

  • That he knows the deal because he had been accused of identity theft in the past;

  • That he doesn’t care if he goes to jail because he can “beat the system” again;

  • That he won’t admit to anything because he is clever;

  • That he never had victim’s property on him in contradiction to his earlier statement;

  • That he and victim did have an argument;

  • That he did withdraw $200 from the victim’s account but that the victim authorized it.

Santos was on pretrial release at the time of his arrest. Court records indicate that he was charged earlier this year for theft of property and theft by deception. It was further noted that he was on house arrest since May.

Santos was booked and confined on two counts of identity theft as a 3rd-degree felony and one count of theft as a misdemeanor.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.