Warrant Arrest Leads to a man stealing Identity from Merced County

On April 16th, 2019, at approximately 4:30 p.m, Los Banos Police Detectives were completing a follow-up investigation into an identity theft case.

The Detectives located the suspect in the case, Samuel Foster, 46 of Los Banos in the 1500 of Place Road.

Foster was in possession of what Detectives believed to be several items of stolen mail and personal information.

Foster was arrested on an outstanding Felony arrest warrant and booked into the Los Banos Police Department jail facility.

Foster is expected to face additional charges of unlawful possession of personal information, possession of stolen property, and forgery.

If you believe you have been the victim of mail theft, please monitor your credit. Consider placing a credit fraud alert on your accounts by visiting the Federal Trade Commission website at the link below or through one of the three major credit bureaus.


Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective-Sergeant Justin Melden, (209) 827-7070, ext. 2509. Detectives are in the process of reaching out to several Los Banos residents whose mail was found in Foster’s possession.

2 thoughts on “Warrant Arrest Leads to a man stealing Identity from Merced County

  1. ABC Defg April 17, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Angela Louise Lewis of Merced has been doing this for many of years. She has been filing taxes, turning electric and phone on people’s names but the police act like they don’t see it at all.

    1. Steff April 17, 2019 at 6:01 PM

      I know exactly who you’re talking about. She is doing this all the while she is on Section 8 and welfare too, what a shame.

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