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Crime & Courts

Elmhurst police arrest 2 women in separate incidents involving identity theft

ELMHURST – Within one week, Elmhurst police charged two women with identity theft in two separate incidents.

Samia N. Hooper, 29, of the 1300 block of South Finley Road, Lombard, was charged at 5:05 p.m. July 23 with identity theft, unlawful use of weapon, improper passing on the shoulder and operating an uninsured motor vehicle at Monterey Avenue and St. Charles Road. Jade Birton, 24, of the 8200 block of South Anthony Avenue, Chicago, was charged at 5:37 p.m. July 27 with theft and forgery at Wilkins Hyundai, 750 N. York St. Both women were transported to the DuPage County Jail following the arrests, according to police reports.

Hooper was arrested July 23 during a traffic stop after she allegedly was driving on the shoulder of the road and passing vehicles, Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said.

Police reportedly noticed a fraudulent Social Security card that had Hooper's name on it, but the number was found to belong to a man in California, he said. They also reportedly located a stun gun within the vehicle, McLean said.

In Illinois, an individual carrying a stun gun at his or her private business or residence is legal, but it is illegal to carry a stun gun in public, he said.

Birton went to Wilkins Hyundai in Elmhurst on July 26 with an older woman who Birton claimed was her mother, but the older woman reportedly couldn't speak, McLean said. Birton told car dealership staff she wanted to purchase a vehicle at the dealership and apply for financing through the dealership, he said.

It is alleged Birton presented a fraudulent driver's license, which staff did not realize was fraudulent, but she needed to present a Social Security card as well. Birton returned to the dealership July 27 and allegedly presented a fraudulent Social Security card to purchase a vehicle, and dealership employees learned it was fraudulent upon running a check, McLean said.

After that, Elmhurst police officers responded, spoke with Birton and arrested her, he said.

"Unfortunately, identity theft has become a very common crime," McLean said.

He said people should not provide personal information to unknown third parties, and they should check their credit card reports to detect any suspicious transactions.

Hooper is scheduled to appear in DuPage County court at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 in courtroom 4014, and Birton is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in courtroom 4006.

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