The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on identify theft and drug charges in Jamestown early Monday after a deputy’s investigation into a suspicious white U-haul rental pickup parked on the side of Chicken Ranch Road.

Just after 2 a.m., a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy contacted a female passenger of the U-haul, who had exited the vehicle after the deputy turned on the spotlight on his patrol car, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.

The woman claimed she was the only person in the vehicle, but a man was found hiding in the cab.

The man identified himself with a driver’s license belonging to a Sacramento-area man, even though the picture did not match his face, the news release stated.

A search of the pair and the truck uncovered several washed and forged bank checks, three fake driver’s licenses, possible stolen mail, credit cards not belonging to them, methamphetamine and a methamphetamine smoking pipe.

Thomas Paul Alvarado, 36, of Modesto, was booked on suspicion of felonies false impersonation of another, possession of forged bank checks valued for more than $950, forgery of a credit card, identity theft, and misdemeanor charges possession of deceptive government identifications, giving false identification to a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia. Alvarado also had two felony warrants out of Stanislaus County on charges of burglary, grand theft and drug possession and a Tuolumne County warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alvardo’s actual license was found hidden in his shoe, the news release stated.

Alvarado’s total bail was set at $103,000.

Heather Noel Roberts, 27, transient, was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia.

Her bail was set at $5,000.

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