Police seek man accused of being ringleader of identity theft crew

BELLEVUE -- A man accused of being the ringleader of a massive identity theft crew is on the run and likely has a very good fake ID.

Patrick McCabe has several convictions already for identity theft. Detectives found dozens of fake driver’s licenses, 67 bogus credit cards as well as social security cards in a condo following a search warrant.

They have arrested four people in the ID theft ring so car.

"He would send them out to break into cars, houses, break into mailboxes, a lot of stolen mail that we found. They would bring that back and if they found any identifying information like a check or credit card, they would make a fake ID so they could go to the bank and cash the check,” said Officer Seth Tyler with Bellevue Police.

He cautions people to get a mailbox that you can lock and to black out your address on your registration in your car.

“That`s fine. If you just want to have your name that shows that you are the owner, you can take a sharpie so they don`t have your address if they break into your car,” said Tyler.

Neighbors play a crucial role in preventing crime.

“What happened in this case was the neighbor saw some stolen construction signs in their courtyard of the suspect's apartment, called us and we went and investigated and that led to this huge Id theft being busted so the lesson here is if you see something that doesn't look right, say something,” said Tyler.

McCabe is driving a 2010 Blue Volkswagon Jetta and is believed to be in the Seattle or Bellevue areas. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information on his whereabouts. Call 1-800-222-tips. You never have to give your name.