For Immediate Release
Date: February 06, 2020 6:32 AM
Case Number: SR19-09096
Suspects Arrested for Identity Theft, Grand Theft, and Possession of Stolen Property
On December 8, 2019, two victims contacted the San Rafael Police Department (SRPD) regarding a theft case. They spoke to the officer and told him that from mid-October to mid-November of 2019 they were out of the country on work related matters. They hired a house sitter/dog sitter to take care of their residence and pets in San Rafael while they were gone. When they came back to their residence on November 24, 2019 they discovered that numerous items were missing from the residence. The property that was missing was valued at over $22,000.
Detective James Dooley of SRPD was assigned this case for further investigation. Detective Dooley learned that the initial person hired to watch the house and the pets had a family emergency which required her to be out of the area for a few days while she was supposed to be at the house. Two other people, Violet Bloomfield and Casey Diehl, watched the house and pets while she was gone.
Through his investigation, Detective Dooley identified Bloomfield and Diehl as suspects in the theft from the residence. On February 5, 2020, at about 7:15 am, a search warrant was served at their residence in the 300 block of Acadia Lane in San Rafael. The residents, including Bloomfield, voluntarily complied with the warrant, however, Diehl initially refused to come out. After about 9 minutes of SRPD Detectives making 27 requests for Diehl to come outside voluntarily, SRPD Detectives assisted by Novato Police Department Officers located Diehl hiding in a bedroom. He was arrested for delaying/resisting an officer and removed from the residence.
Bloomfield and Diehl were both brought back to SRPD for interviews. Based on evidence found and the interviews, both were transported to the Marin County Jail and booked for multiple charges.
Violet Bloomfield, a 38 year old resident of San Rafael was booked for Identity Theft and Grand Theft.
Casey Diehl, a 46 year old resident of San Rafael was booked for delaying/resisting an Officer and Possession of Stolen Property.
SRPD believes there may be additional victims of identity theft and is asking anyone who has hired Bloomfield and/or Diehl for odd jobs and believes that they might be victims of identity theft to contact Detective Kevin MacDougald 415-485-3024.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.
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Posted: February 06, 2020 2:32 PST by Lt. Dan Fink #447