Sheriff's Office Makes Arrest in Fraud/Theft Cases and Looking for Additional Victims

March 31, 2015

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrest in Fraud/Theft Cases and Looking for Additional Victims

In January of 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office investigated a fraud/theft case involving a suspect who posted ads in the Fountain Valley News and Security Advertiser stating the following: “Caregiver who enjoys working with elderly! Can provide up to 24 hour non-medical care in your home or mine. Hygiene assistance, meals, light housework, transportation, companionship. Affordable rates. Call Angie at 719-360-4981.”

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office discovered the suspect was stealing jewelry, medication, and check books from the victim. The suspect later pawned the jewelry and cashed $3,700 in fraudulent checks.

During the investigation detectives observed an additional 60 pawn slips for the suspect. Items included, jewelry, vacuums, tools, stereo equipment, air conditioners, humidifiers, bikes, and other household items. Detectives believe the suspect used the ad to enter several houses during the time frame of May 2014 – July 2014, and steal items to pawn or sell.

Angela Patterson was booked into the Criminal Justice Center on January 21, 2015, for Forgery, Crimes Against at Risk Adults, and Theft.  We have reason to believe there may be more victims.

If you have had contact with, or used Angela "Angie" Patterson for caregiver or cleaning services during this time frame, please contact the Detective Stephanie Criss at 719-520-7228.

MR 15-014