Sleeping Uber Passenger Has Wallet Stolen; Driver Charged With ID Theft

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Berkeley's Public Safety Building.  (Emilie Raguso/Berkeleyside)

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged a San Francisco woman with felony identity theft after police say she stole the wallet of a passenger who fell asleep during an Uber ride to Berkeley, then used her credit cards at stores around the Bay Area.

Ligia Latino, 30, was arrested and charged last week and is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges Friday in Oakland.

Berkeley police say Latino was using the Uber application when she picked up a solo female passenger in San Francisco and took her home to West Berkeley on July 18.

Police say the passenger texted her husband while en route, then fell asleep with her phone and wallet on her lap. In the morning, she realized her phone and wallet were missing, according to police. She tried to track her phone but it was off.

When she looked online at a receipt for her Uber ride, it showed that Latino had left Berkeley and driven back to 26th and Mission streets in San Francisco before stopping the meter, overcharging the trip by about $20.


The Berkeley woman later found numerous fraudulent charges on her credit cards, according to police. Many of the charges were in San Francisco and showed use of the cards at Target, JC Penney, Big Lots, a gas station, 7-Eleven and McDonald’s. ...

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