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Ripon Police arrest three with forged credit cards

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POSTED August 20, 2014 12:26 a.m.

Ripon Police converged on a late model rental car shortly before 2 p.m. Monday as it left the Bank of the West on Main Street with three men from Los Angeles, Fresno and Madera in possession allegedly of a cache of forged credit and ID cards.

The scenario began at about 1 p.m., according to Ripon Police spokesman Lt. Steve Merchant.

One of the suspects entered the bank and attempted to use the forged bank cards to obtain cash but was rejected by a bank staffer. Police were notified of the attempt, Merchant said.

Some 45 minutes later officers were advised that another suspect had entered the bank and tried to use the same forged bank cards – again being turned down.  The dispatcher put out a call for an officer to respond to the bank and Lt. Merchant was already in the downtown area.

He said he witnessed the suspect get into a car matching the description he had received and gave chase pulling them over a short distance away in front of the Bank of Stockton.  Backup officers were just a couple minutes away.

Lt. Merchant said three of the suspects were found to be in possession of forged bank cards as well as out-of-state driver’s licenses after they were taken into custody without incident.

George Roberts Jr., 27, of Madera was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on a conspiracy charge.  Troy Anthony Goodwin, 43, of Fresno was jailed on charges that included conspiracy, forgery and providing false identification to a police officer.  Prince Jamiel Ash, 27, of Los Angeles was booked into the county jail for conspiracy, forgery and for providing false identification to a police officer as well as for a theft charge.

Merchant credited the quick resolution of the case to the close cooperation between local Ripon businesses and the police department.

Troy Goodwin – with four aliases – is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail in lieu of $118,000 bail for six misdemeanors and two felony charges.  He is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:25 p.m.  The other two men have been released from custody, according to the Sheriff’s website.  It was unclear if the charges had been dropped or they just bailed out of custody or released on their own recognizance.

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