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Identity Thieves Target Tommy Lee Jones, Tim Burton, 'Gaylord Focker'

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More than 200 "blank access cards" and fraudulent credit documents for celebrities and characters including Tim Burton, Tommy Lee Jones, and "Gaylord Focker" were found inside a Burbank motel on Wednesday when Christopher Herrick, a 43-year-old on parole for embezzlement, and 42-year-old Traci Godlef were taken into custody on suspicion of identity theft and forgery, reports the Glendale News-Press.

Said Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa, "This is a prime example of how the state is putting parolees back on the street and into already cash-strapped local communities," notes the Glendale News-Press:

"Herrick was among the low-risk inmates released early as part of the state's effort to ease prison overcrowding, cut costs and — with no active parole supervision — reduce overtime for parole agents."

Herrick, who was approached by a patrol officer outside Glen Capri Inns and Suites in Glendale where he and Godlef had been living, admitted to having a hypodermic needle and was also found with black tar heroin and methamphetamine.

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When police searched the motel room, they reportedly found "computer equipment, including printers, scanners and hard drives," notes the Glendale News-Press. "A stolen identification card had already been reprinted onto a plastic card, police said." The couple is expected to be arraigned on Monday.