Man arrested for identity theft and burglary in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — A 58-year-old man was arrested this week in connection with a series of burglaries, robberies and identity theft in four Southern California cities, authorities said.

Douglas Allen Schlichting was arrested April 13 outside his home in the 300 block of Plaza Serena in Ontario, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Police have identified Schlichting as the suspect in multiple crimes committed between January and March in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda. In those cities, he is suspected of stealing personal items, including credit cards, which were used to buy jewelry, household items and gift cards, officials said.

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Schlicting is also suspected of committing similar thefts in other cities in Orange County, as well as Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

In Lake Forest at around 2:30 p.m. on March 26, a 55-year-old resident reported that his wallet was stolen from his cars and his credit card was later charged. The reported loss was $4,000, which included a cash withdrawal and $848 in credit purchases, officials said.

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In Mission Viejo, just before 11 a.m. on March 20, employees of a Presbyterian Church of the Master reported that personal items of employees had been stolen. Victims said they lost $540 in cash and another $1,725 ​​in credit purchases from stolen cards, police said.

Also in the city, at 10:45 a.m. on March 27, a 55-year-old woman reported fraudulent activity on her credit card totaling $517.77. She reported the crime to Mission Viejo Police Department and told police she did not know when her card was stolen, authorities said.

In Rancho Santa Margarita on January 20 at around 10:30 a.m., a Pet Supply manager reported that a man had entered the employee locker and stolen cash and personal items worth $1,000, according to the police.

In Yorba Linda on January 11 at 11:50 a.m., a 71-year-old woman reported that her credit card and $1,000 in cash had been stolen the day before from her purse at St. Martin de Porres Church in the 19000s. block from Yorba Linda Blvd. His credit card was also charged $808, officials said.

On February 1, a 53-year-old woman said a man stole $1,100 in cash and two credit cards from her purse at the Pope John Paul II Polish Center. His cards were then charged $3,128 in fraudulent purchases, authorities said.

The investigation into Schlichting was ongoing and investigators believe there may be other cases of theft linked to him.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call OC Sheriff Dispatch at 717-647-7000 or submit an anonymous report to OC Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS 855-847-6227.

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