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San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
TORI VERBER SALAZAR
District Attorney

Scott A. Fichtner
Assistant District Attorney

Kristine M. Reed
Assistant District Attorney

David J. Derksen
Chief Investigator

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201

T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371

For Immediate Release


April 30, 2019

CONTACT: Public Engagement Unit, San Joaquin County District Attorney
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Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery Auto Burglaries: Identity Theft Defendant Sentenced

On April 16th, 2019, Chanel Truelock and Fernando Alvarado were sentenced on the charges below pertaining to serial auto burglaries of personal identifying and financial information of elderly victims who were visiting the Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery in Lodi, CA. The stolen items were used  to make unauthorized purchases on the same day in Stockton and Lodi.  
 
On December 23, 2018, victim one was visiting the Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery in Lodi, California.  She parked and locked her car and proceeded to the cemetery grounds. Defendants Truelock and Alvarado drove up to the victim's vehicle and broke in-causing damage and stealing the victim's purse containing her credit cards, ID and other items. Defendant Truelock used the victim's financial and personal identifying information to make purchases at various businesses. 

On January 1, 2019,  victim two was visiting the Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery in Lodi. She parked and locked her car, then proceeded to the cemetery grounds.  Defendant Truelock broke into the victim's vehicle-causing damage and stealing her purse containing her identifying information, credit cards, checkbook, cash and other personal property. The same day, defendant Truelock used the victim's financial and personal identifying information to make purchases at various locations in Lodi and Stockton. In one instance, defendant Truelock made a purchase with another suspect.

Defendant Truelock entered pleas to felony charges of Possession of Personal Identifying Information of Another, with a prior conviction, Possession of a Forged Identification Card,  Automobile Burglary, Vandalism, Possession of Heroin in Jail and a misdemeanor charge of Possession of a Stun Gun. Truelock will serve a prison sentence of 2 years and 4 months in custody; and 3 years and 8 months supervision pursuant to Penal Code Section 1170(h).
 
Defendant Alvarado entered pleas to felony charges of Automobile Burglary and Vandalism. He will serve a prison sentence of 1 year and 4 months in custody; and 2 years and 4 months on supervision.

The successful prosecution of two out of the three defendants was due to the combined efforts of the Sheriff's Department and Lodi Police Department. A third defendant has an outstanding warrant for this case.

Please remember to remain vigilant and protect your belongings when visiting cemeteries. The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office recommends carrying only what you need and using neck wallets, for example, to keep your valuables close. Neck wallets (pictured below) are available for free in the Family Justice Center at 222 E. Weber Avenue in Stockton. 

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