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ID theft suspects busted in credit card-skimming case

SACRAMENTO, CA - It continues to happen.

Three individuals were arrested Thursday on suspicion of identity theft and burglary after a month-long investigation in which detectives with the Sacramento County sheriff's hi tech crimes unit uncovered credit/debit card skimming devices, thousands of credit card numbers, hundreds of bogus California identification cards and numerous counterfeit credit cards.

Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said most of the skimmers were found on gas station pumps, with the devices undetectable on the front of the pumps. The pump 's front panel would have to be opened to reveal the device, which is easily installed and doesn't set up any kind of alarm and doesn't disrupt service, Ramos said.

Booked into custody on $2 million bail each were suspects Gagik Verdyan, 34; Mihran Hakobyan, 27; and Karine Khachaturyan, 20.

Rancho Cordova standoff ends with 1 arrest

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A team of Sacramento police officers and sheriff's deputies evacuated residents on Cochise Court in Rancho Cordova Thursday morning after receiving a call of shots fired in the neighborhood.

Police officers responded to the area around 4:15 a.m. and determined that nobody had been hit by gunfire. An ensuing investigation of the area revealed a man, armed with a rifle, was sitting in the backyard of a home, according to officers on scene.

Authorities evacuated all residents on the block, then used a megaphone to establish contact with the man. After apparently being able to reason with him, the man went into his home and called police on the phone.

Officers were able to convince the man to exit the home peacefully, and he was arrested at the scene, according to authorities on scene.

No information was provided on the man's identity or why he was sitting in the yard with a rifle.

Deputy tased during Rancho Cordova welfare check

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was accidentally tased by a fellow deputy during a welfare inspection at a Rancho Cordova motel on Thursday morning.

Deputies responded to the Motel 6 on Olson Drive around 7:30 a.m. following a report of a person "speaking incoherently about god," said Sacramento County sheriff's deputy Jason Ramos.

The deputies made contact with the individual upon arrival and a scuffle ensued. During the altercation, one of the deputies used their taser to subdue the person, but also accidentally tased the other deputy, said Ramos.

Both deputies were taken to hospital with minor injuries and were medically cleared. The suspect was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries after being checked out by Metro Fire at the scene, Ramos said.

Gang members sentenced to life for Rancho Cordova murders

Rancho Cordova, CA - Two gang members were sentenced to life in prison for murdering three young men in Rancho Cordova last year.

21-year-old Francisco Delgado and 24-year-old Juan Aucencio were sentenced by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge on Friday.

Prosecutors said the shootings occured after the men were beat up by rival gang members. Deputies said the men wanted revenge but couldn't find the people who beat them up, so they drove up behind a group of three young men on bikes and shot them in the backs - killing all three.

The victims are 15-year-old Jamir Miller, 16-year-old Richard Ward and 20-year-old Robert Corpos. All of the young men were related. Both Corpos and Miller had just become fathers.

"I look at my grandson every day and he no longer has his daddy, or his uncle, or his cousin in his life" said Miller's mother Melissa Jellison.  "They were three very important people in his life.

Rancho Cordova serial robbery suspect arrested

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Sacramento County sheriff's detectives arrested a man Thursday they believe targeted half a dozen local businesses in the past month.

Robbed at gunpoint were the Chevron at 2358 Sunrise Boulevard on May 17; Subway restaurant at 3582 Mather Field Road on May 22; Liquor and Food at 10401 Folsom Boulevard on May 22; Wienerschnitzel restaurant at 11070 Coloma Road on May 29; Pizza Guys restaurant at 2351 Vehicle Drive on June 6; and CVS pharmacy at 3301 Zinfindal Drive on June 10.

In each case, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos, the robber demanded cash of employees.

Detective work led to the identification of 19-year-old Xavier Lomba as a suspect in the crimes, said Ramos. He said investigators served a search warrant which led to evidence that further implicated Lomba.

Lomba, who is from Rancho Cordova, was booked into Sacramento County Jail on $100,000 bond.

2 convicted of 2010 Rancho Cordova triple murder

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two men accused of gunning down two teens and a man in Rancho Cordova two years ago have been convicted of first degree murder.

Sacramento Superior Court separate juries found Saul Isidoro-Ausencio and Francisco Delgado guilty of killing Jamir Miller, 15; Richard Ward, 16; and Robert Corpos, 20, from a car on Malaga Way on Feb. 13, 2010. The victims were riding their bikes and were shot from behind.

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According to court testimony, Isidoro-Ausencio was looking to get even after a beating at the hands of rival gang members. He and Delgado didn't find the attackers but shot the victims instead, thinking they were gang members.

Sac sheriff: Men in van try to grab boy

SACRAMENTO, CA - A heart-pounding moment for a 12-year-old Sacramento boy Friday morning.

The boy was walking to school on Lincoln Village Drive at about 8:30 a.m. when a white van pulled up beside him and the driver tried to grab his arm, said Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

About the same time, the boy told authorities that the van's sliding side door opened and he saw another man crouched in the back.

The boy pulled his arm away and ran home to report what happened. He was not hurt.

The van was described as a white, older model, boxy, American-made vehicle with rust. The boy said the driver was white and in his 50s. The man in the back was described as Hispanic and in his 30s or 40s.

The incident took place on Lincoln Village Drive near Explorer Drive.