Deputies searching for couple who snatched Templeton woman’s checks

May 15, 2020

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a pair of alleged thieves who are suspected of breaking into a Templeton home, stealing a purse and then using a woman’s checks in five different counties.

On Feb. 18, a woman reported her purse stolen from her Templeton home. The woman had cash, credit cards and a checkbook inside the purse, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Then on March 6, the woman reported someone had used her checks at Costco stores in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Hanford and Fresno. Additionally, a suspect passed her checks at Bank of America in Fresno. The checks totaled approximately $5,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

Costco workers managed to identify the suspects using surveillance photos. The images show one male and one female. Both suspects appear to be white and approximately 50 to 70 years old.

Sheriff’s officials say it is believed the two suspects are associated with a white extended-cab pickup truck. The pickup appears to be a Ford F-150, possibly a 2004 or more recent model.

The sheriff’s office notified law enforcement in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Kings, Kern and Fresno counties about the suspects. Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4550.

Francesca Bolognini

The long black hair appears to be a wig. Put that into the equation for identification. This may be being used to resemble the victim more closely. Could be how she fooled Costco. They always look at my card for iD.

Jorge Estrada

It’s amazing how generous other institutions are with your money. Ask any child of a cloudy senior who has been through this staple theft.


don’t Costco cards have pictures of the member on the back? what about checking ID? I’m disappointed in Costco if these basic checks were not done.


I hope they catch these brazen low life’s. Most likely driven by their need for drugs. Someone will recognize them. I look forward to their arrest.