Deputies arrest alleged identity thieves in Arroyo Grande

June 10, 2023


San Luis Obispo County sheriff deputies on Thursday arrested a couple in Arroyo Grande who are suspected of identity theft and burglary.

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Thursday, a deputy pulled over a vehicle with two different license plates. The deputy discovered the plates were not associated with the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found access cards, stolen checks, illegal narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, a lock pick set, a billy club and shaved car keys which are used for vehicle thefts.

Deputies arrested the driver, 43-year-old Christopher Mongenel of Barstow, and booked him in the SLO County Jail for possession of a billy club, possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.

His passenger, 39-year-old Anna Applegate of Barstow, was booked in the SLO County Jail on charges of possession/theft of identifying information of 10 or more persons.

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Good! I’ve lost count of how many times I had to cancel and change my debit/credit card, due to identity thieves such as these two. I’ve had days of arguing with my bank, to convince them that I did not use my card at the bank ATM in SLO at 9:00am, and then again at a gas station in Eugene OR at 10:30am, of the same morning.

Too bad these morons will be out of jail, before this article gets posted on CCN.

Would be a good idea to change banks to a more customer friendly bank, soonest. When someone tried to charge $300 worth of merchandise with my USAA credit card # at a smoke shop in Georgia, USAA Bank declined the suspicious attempted purchase and immediatly notified me via text msg. As soon as I confirmed the attempted purchase was bogus, USAA Bank cancelled my old USAA credit card and issued me a new one.