That's because he was found to have at least two previous convictions for theft.
Officers say it was 50- year old Tony Perez who went to local businesses and told victims his mother was making tamales, and that she needed money up- front for supplies.
Police say when Perez was paid, he'd give victims a phone number.
Then, when that number was called, they'd reach a woman who'd never met Perez.
Police affidavits say Perez was identified by victims through photo line- ups.
He faces 3- counts of theft under $1,500 with 2- or more previous convictions.
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