A tip about the janitor cleaning the medical office led to the search warrant, and then to the arrest, according to an article in Cleaning and Maintenance Management Magazine.
Perhaps my preconceptions are showing, but the incident came out of one of the states in Appalachia. Even so, quite an evocative list of stolen goods. But, in the back of my mind while reading the piece, nagged the question of just how thoroughly the janitorial firm had screened - confirmed identity and run a background check - on the scofflaw.
Had an evocative case ourselves just the other day. We require a current Arizona driver license from all applicants; we send a copy of the license to our backgrounding firm, who sends us back a black and white copy of the photo that the state says should be on the license. Lets us know if a license is legit, even if it's a good enough fake to get by our inspection (we've been trained in spotting fake ID by Homeland Security folks, as part of our participation in their IMAGE program). Our backgrounder also runs court records, civil and criminal, down to justice court level within the state, and runs an address check based on the applicant's Social Security Number, to give us a better idea just who might be the primary user of that number...
We got back the court records first - a long list, from multiple felonies to domestic abuse to traffic warrants. I was a bit surprised that the fellow had submitted to a background check, what with that background.
Then we got back the photo that should have been on the driver license. The applicant likely couldn't have known about the court records, because it wasn't his license.
I guess if you're going to steal someone's identity, you ought to check his background first.