(Press Release) The Fresno County Sheriff's Office has announced the arrest of three people on various felony charges after a metal theft investigation turned into an identity theft investigation. Deputies arrested 41-year-old Aaron Walter Langridge, 26-year-old Stephanie DeWitt, and 49-year-old Greg Dean Hansen, all of Fresno.
The investigation began in late February when a west side farmer contacted Ag Task Force detectives expressing concerns over trespassers stealing copper wire from electrical boxes on his property. Security cameras had captured a white male subject, driving a green colored Dodge Ram pick-up, on the property.
On March 9th, with the assistance of Eagle One, detectives located the green Dodge driving in the area of Palmer & Calaveras in western Fresno County. Detectives stopped the vehicle and discovered metal which had been stolen from property owned by Chevron Oil Company. Also found in the vehicle were items used for identity theft, and methamphetamine. The two occupants, Langridge and DeWitt, were arrested on several felony charges related to identity theft and narcotics violations. Both were later booked into the Fresno County Jail.
The investigation led to detectives serving a search warrant Wednesday morning at a home located in the 3000 block of S. Golden State Avenue. During the service of the search warrant, detectives seized several more items related to identity theft, and more methamphetamine.
Hansen and Langridge, who were present at the home when the warrant was served, were arrested on identity theft and narcotics related charges. Both were later booked into the Fresno County Jail.