3 arrested for fraudulent purchases in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. -  

Three people were arrested after they fraudulently purchased several thousand dollars worth of appliances on Thursday.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Dejuan Earl Williams, 23-year-old Stanley Michael Duncan, and 22-year-old Jackson Jason Pha.

Two weeks ago, detectives received a tip from a local business that the three subjects were using stolen credit cards to purchase appliances through the VIP Whirlpool Internet Program.

Officials said the first investigation revealed that the trio had completed appliance purchases worth $1,000,000.00 in Stockton, Hayward, and Fresno. Officials also learned that Williams had two outstanding warrants for his arrest.  A felony burglary warrant out of San Bernadino, and a felony probation warrant out of Sacramento.

Detectives learned the three were scheduled to complete a pick of several appliances today at a distribution center in south Fresno.

Detectives conducted a surveillance of the business and, shortly before 12:30 pm, the three arrived in a Budget Rental delivery truck. 

The suspects loaded several boxes into the truck before leaving.  Deputies initiated a high risk stop on the truck at the intersection of Chestnut & Jensen where all three were arrested.

Upon the arrest, detectives learned that Pha was on parole, and both Williams and Duncan were on probation.

Detectives seized over $32,000 worth of new appliances that were fraudulently purchased.

All three subjects were booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of identity theft, possession of stolen property, and commercial burglary.

Pha will also be booked on a charge of attempted escape as he was caught in the process of trying to remove his handcuffs while awaiting transportation to the jail. 

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