SAN ANGELO- A San Angelo man faces 25-99 years in prison after a bag of identifying women and children was found, according to an indictment released on Jan. 6, 2022.
Around August 31, 2021, police found a man carrying a bag containing Social Security cards, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, checks, debit/credit cards and a passport, it said.
The man told police that another man gave him the bag, which contained:
3 birth certificates
13 social security cards
Some of those items belonged to two women and their children. The women told investigators that their vehicles had been broken into, and that was when the items disappeared, according to the affidavit of the arrest.
Ricky Gonzales Martinez, 37, was arrested on November 9, 2021 on charges of fraud, use/possession of identifying information between 10 and 50 items, possession/supply of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and a warrant. He remained at the Tom Green County Detention Center in lieu of a $8,162 bond as of Friday, January 7, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. His booking photo was not available.
An indictment accused Martinez of possessing identifying information between 10-50. The charge was raised to common offender status, with a penalty range of 25-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
The improvement comes from his previous convictions for two home burglaries in 2010 and 2003. Both were in Tom Green County, according to the indictment.
According to online court records, no court date has been scheduled as of Friday, January 7 at 8:30 a.m.
Alana Edgin is a journalist who covers crime and courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip [email protected].
This article originally appeared on San Angelo Standard-Times: San Angelo man charged with theft of birth certificates, social security cards