Traffic stop leads to discovery of SIM cards

Georgetown police have arrested two men on identity theft charges after they were stopped for a traffic violation.

On October 9, Georgetown officers observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Dupont Boulevard commit a traffic violation in the area of County Seat Highway. Upon stopping the vehicle, officers noticed the odor of marijuana.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and found a laptop computer and 122 SIM cards. Further investigation revealed that the occupants had cataloged the personal information of numerous victims on the laptop, intending to use it to activate the SIM cards on cell phones. Officers also identified several addresses locally where cell phones had been shipped in order to sell them, with the stolen information, via the internet.

The driver and a passenger of the vehicle, 28-year-old Allan Castillo and 31-year-old Andrea Villar-Martinez, both of the Dominican Republic, were arrested on16 counts of both identity theft and second-degree conspiracy, as well as possession of marijuana. Both were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $64,500 cash bail.

The Georgetown Police Department is working in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations Delaware in this ongoing investigation.