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Sunnyside woman reports identity theft

A Sunnyside woman applying for a home loan found that someone else has been using her Social Security number to obtain credit.

The woman reported the identity theft to Sunnyside police yesterday (Wednesday).

According to Deputy Chief Phil Schenck, when the victim filed for a credit report it came back with five addresses she didn't recognize and another name tied to her Social Security number.

Schenck said the police department recommends people have a credit check once a year. He said that regular credit checks can help thwart continuous fraud.

Police are also investigating a Wednesday morning theft from a vehicle that was parked in front of a business on East Gregory Avenue Extension. A Mabton man went into the store and when he returned found that a tool box containing tools and horse dental equipment was missing, said Schenck.

Also yesterday, a report of a missing lawn mower was filed by the staff at Horizon Inc., located in the 400 block of Barnard Boulevard.

Also being investigated by police is a counterfeit $20 bill that was passed at the Wal-Mart gas station.

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail mdekker@eaglenewspapers.com

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