3 suspects plead guilty in car dealership ID theft scheme - KMOV.com

3 suspects plead guilty in car dealership ID theft scheme

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John Townsend, Jessica Franklin, and Jesse Chitwood  are accused of taking the personal information of customers at a car dealership to open up credit cards to buy meth. Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Office John Townsend, Jessica Franklin, and Jesse Chitwood are accused of taking the personal information of customers at a car dealership to open up credit cards to buy meth. Credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Office

FRANKLIN, COUNTY, Mo (KMOV.com) -- Two men and a woman from Franklin County have plead guilty in a scheme to steal the identities of people who went on test drives at a West St. Louis County car dealership.

This summer, John Townsend, Jessica Franklin, and Jesse Chitwood were all arrested in the case.

Investigators say Townsend stole personal information from customers while he worked at a dealership.

He then sold that information to Franklin who opened several credit cards in other people's names

"The payroll checks we believe were actually used to fund the methamphetamine they were bringing back to the area to sell on the  streets," said Detective Jim Briggs of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are still trying to track down all victims affected by the scheme. All three suspects could face at least two years in federal prison.

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