Long Beach Residents Arrested for Local Identity Theft
Alexandra Pearl and Michael Flitterman booking photos
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On November 6, 2019, a Santa Barbara resident contacted the Santa Barbara Police Department to report the theft of a credit card from his mail.
A suspect was captured on the resident’s home surveillance camera. Detectives began working the case and discovered that the suspect used the stolen credit card, as well as a second victim’s identity, to purchase a high-end vehicle at a local dealership.
The investigation led to the identification of Long Beach residents, Michael Flitterman and Alexandra Pearl, who were alleged experienced identity thieves. Detectives served search and arrest warrants in Long Beach, with the assistance of the Long Beach Police Department. Pursuant to the search warrant, additional identity theft victims were located, along with tools used to manufacture counterfeit identifications, credit cards, checks and other documents. Flitterman and Pearl were taken into custody and booked on several identity theft related felonies.
The Santa Barbara Police Department would like to remind the its citizens to take precautions, as mail theft is prevalent.
When able, please track important deliveries, request a delivery service hold your package at their pick-up facility, or minimize the amount of time mail is left in unsecured mailboxes.
The Department would also like to emphasize the significance of home surveillance, which has played an important role in this arrest as well as aiding many other Santa Barbara investigations.
Lastly, identity theft is best stopped by monitoring your credits reports with regularity. You can also subscribe to a service that will alert you of any changes in your financial history.