Six people who allegedly operated a major ID-theft ring in King and Snohomish counties have been arrested, and police are looking into another six suspects as well.
The first six were arrested Friday, including one at the Rodeway Inn in Shoreline, where Everett police, along with Secret Service agents, found forged checks, fake IDs, stolen mail, a laminating machine as well as template to make the Washington state seal that goes on IDs.
Michael Suryan, the man arrested at the hotel, has been charged with dozens of counts of fraud, and is being held on $200,000 bail.
At this still-early part of the investigation, he is thought to be the ring’s leader, said Sergeant Ryan Dalberg, spokesman for the Everett Police Department.
So far, Dalberg said, police have identified about 100 victims in King and Snohomish counties, and many others could be uncovered as officers analyze the computers and hard drives seized at the hotel.
Police allege that the suspects stole identification information from mailboxes and cars, as well as stolen purses and backpacks.
The investigation started when Everett police began to see patterns in a number of theft reports. They brought in the Secret Service because they realized the group involved more than just one or two suspects, Dalberg said.
The suspects could face federal charges.