Officers Say Man Scammed Hundreds of Wichita Falls Residents

    Tracking financial crimes is time consuming and costly.
    But Wichita Falls Police they were able to arrest a man they say was the head of a forgery operation they've been tracking since April.
    Tony Ramirez, a detective in the Financial Crimes Unit, says, "The investigation showed the same type of offense.  We had several victims and it pointed to one location.  It took us to a computer programmer here in Wichita Falls.  We found out he was taking business information from clients."
    Kyle King was arrested Tuesday after officers executed a search warrant on his home.
    Officers say they found a large forgery operation including credit cards, fake checks, and several cell phones King was using to steal money from hundreds of local residents.
    Ramirez says financial crimes in the city are on the rise.
    "We see peaks and valleys, and right now we're seeing it peak to where it keeps us all very, very busy."
    And thieves are also bringing some old tricks back into the game.
    "Right now we have an increase in mail theft," Ramirez says.
    That's where criminals steal your outgoing mail from your mailbox so they can gain access to your personal information, and maybe even a personal check or two.
    Ramirez says there are steps you can take to safeguard yourself and your belongings.
    "Monitor [your] credit, [your] money.  [You] should run their credit file every year.  Make sure there's no entries there shouldn't be there."
    And in the case against Kyle King, Ramirez says he and his team anticipate more arrests

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