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Strange vehicle sparks forgery arrest Sunday

Strange vehicle sparks forgery arrest Sunday

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HANFORD — A suspicious car parked behind the International House of Pancakes on Sunday led police to a woman with a small bonanza of forged documents, officials said.

It all started when employees at the IHOP on North 11th Avenue noticed a strange vehicle had been parked behind the restaurant for more than two hours. The car, a gray 2016 Dodge Challenger, had front end damage and bore paper plates from the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall, according to a police report.

乐动体育Thinking the car may have been involved in an accident, staff called officers to investigate.

They arrived to find a woman, 42-year-old Melissa Ann Hollis from Bakersfield, waiting near the car. She told police that the car was hers and that her boyfriend had crashed into a pole the night before. She said she didn’t know the area, so she wasn’t sure where her boyfriend was or where the accident had occurred.

Investigators ran a registration search on the vehicle identification number and discovered the car was reported as stolen from a Hertz rental company in Eureka. Police detained Hollis and searched the vehicle.

In the trunk, police found a small treasure trove of materials commonly used to forge and counterfeit U.S. currency, credit cards and driver’s licenses, according to a news release.

乐动体育Hollis was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of numerous charges, including felony counts of forgery and intent to defraud. She remained in custody Monday in lieu of $140,000 bail.

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