Northeast Tarrant

North Texas identity theft ring broken, 7 people detained and 4 released, police say

An identity theft ring was broken up Thursday when police and federal agents raided this home in south Keller and arrested seven people, police say. Police were still at the scene late Thursday morning investigating.
An identity theft ring was broken up Thursday when police and federal agents raided this home in south Keller and arrested seven people, police say. Police were still at the scene late Thursday morning investigating. nmanna@star-telegram.com

The Keller Police Department said an identity theft ring was broken up Thursday morning when police and federal agents raided a home in south Keller.

Seven people were initially arrested.

Just before 2:45 p.m., police announced they had released four of the those people. They didn’t give a reason.

The three others were arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. No one has been publicly identified or charged in connection with the alleged identity theft ring.

Keller police said the group of men and women are accused of stealing credit cards all over North Texas and then creating fake cards. Asked how many people are victimized, investigators said the number is “too numerous” and there are many victims they’ll never know.

The Secret Service and North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force will continue to investigate, Keller police said. More arrests and charges are possible, a federal official said Thursday.

“This is largely a federal investigation,” Bill Noonan, special-agent-in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in North Texas, said Thursday in a telephone interview.

Noonan did not provide any details of the crime or suspects.

The Star-Telegram could not find any federal court documents tied to the alleged ring on Thursday afternoon.

Keller police Capt. Chad Allen said Thursday morning that the arrests were made “without incident.”

“Search and arrest warrants were executed,” Allen said. “This investigation has been going on for months.”

The three people arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia are: Stewart Keal, 30; Jordyn Tabor, 20; and Kristy Jackson, 39.

During the search, which was executed at around 6 a.m., some flash bang grenades were used, Allen said. Windows on the home were broken out, with blinds and drapes hanging outside.

The house faces Shady Grove Road with it’s driveway on Buckner Lane. Compared to it’s neighbors, the three-bedroom house built in the 1940s is small and older.

According to the Tarrant Appraisal District, it is owned by someone who lives nearby in North Richland Hills. The Star-Telegram was unable to immediately reach that person. Of the seven initially arrested, one rents the house, Allen said.

The homes directly across the street are in North Richland Hills and are marketed at around a half-million dollars.

Local police, Secret Service officers and members of the North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force investigated the case.

Police from Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, Roanoke, Trophy Club and Flower Mound along with officers from state and federal agencies were involved in the arrests.

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