Ventura County Sheriff's Office

02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 19:42

Thousand Oaks - Identity Thief Finds Multiple Victims on Craig's List

A female suspect answered multiple victims' Craig's List advertisements for a roommate. After

moving into the victim's residence, the suspect stole jewelry, credit cards, checks, and use the

victim's personal identifying information to acquire money. Four adult female victims and two

additional possible adult female victims have been identified.

In June 2017, two Thousand Oaks residents placed an advertisement on Craig's List for a

roommate. The suspect, Christina Yackery, answered the advertisement and moved into their

apartment shortly thereafter.

On July 27, 2017, one of the victims reported fraudulent activity in her checking account.

Thousand Oaks deputies responded and determined a forgery and identity theft had occurred.

Yackery moved out of the residence shortly after the police report was completed.

On August 17, 2017, another victim reported she believed Yackery had stolen jewelry while they

had been roommates. Thousand Oaks deputies responded and determined a grand theft had

occurred and believed the suspect had used the victim's personal identifying information to

acquire goods and services in the victim's name. Deputies identified Yackery as a possible


Detectives with the East Valley Investigations Bureau were able to locate the victim's property at

a local pawn shop. Detectives returned the jewelry to the victim and gathered information

associating Yackery as the person who pawned the property.

Over the next few months, Yackery moved between various residences in the Thousand Oaks /

Los Angeles area, and a residence in Connecticut.

On January 23, 2018, two additional victims in Thousand Oaks reported they had posted

'Roommate Wanted' advertisements on Craig's List and Yackery had moved in. Shortly after

Yackery moved in, the two victims reported being victims of identity theft and forgery.

On February 7, 2018, detectives located Yackery at a Starbucks in Thousand Oaks. A search of

Yackery and her vehicle resulted in the discovery of stolen property, personal identifying

information from additional possible victims, and a useable quantity of Cocaine. Detectives

determined the stolen property was from previous roommates.

Yackery was subsequently arrested for identity theft, grand theft, forgery, possession of stolen

property, and possession of a controlled substance. Yackery was booked into the Ventura

County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $50,000 bail.

Prepared by:

Detective Jason Karol

Media Release Date:

February 8, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Jason Karol

[email protected]

(805) 371-8342

Approved by:

Captain Bill Schierman

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to

the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller

may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).