Expired registration led a Ceres Police officer to stop a motorist on Monday evening who confessed to identity theft crimes.
At 11:43 p.m., Officer Christian Izqueirdo stopped Neil Silveira, 34, of Gustine, on Whitmore Avenue near Third Street for driving a car with expired registration. When the officer ran the driver’s information through the system, Silveira was found to be driving on a suspended license and had an outstanding felony warrant from Shasta County.
A search of Silveira’s car revealed several ID cards and checks belonging to others. Silveira stated he didn’t know any of the people whose IDs he had, one of which was stolen in Merced County.
Silveira stated he and his boyfriend have been engaged in identity theft activity, said Ceres Police Department Sgt. Greg Yotsuya. Silveira admitted to possessing the stolen forms of ID and using them for identity theft purposes.
Silveira was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center for the felony warrant, identity theft and possession of stolen property.