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Police accuse Fremont woman of stealing personal info to buy items at Nordstrom

Already on probation for an identity theft conviction, charged with $24,000 in fraudulent purchases

After a two-month investigation into reported identity theft, a Fremont resident was arrested on suspicion of using others' Nordstrom account information to buy items and then return them for cash.

Holly Lynn Pigeon, 31, was arrested by Piedmont police Aug. 11 after she allegedly took $24,000 worth of merchandise from Bay Area stores, including Pleasanton's Nordstrom at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Piedmont police began investigating after two residents reported their Nordstrom accounts had been used to make fraudulent purchases across Alameda and Santa Clara counties, according to Piedmont police.

Investigators allege Pigeon made fraudulent purchases with at least a dozen individuals' personal information. She was on probation for an identity theft conviction at the time of her arrest, Piedmont police stated.

Police stated Pigeon would return 80% of the purchases she made so she could receive cash. She returned several items to the Pleasanton Nordstrom, according to investigators.

She remains in custody at the Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of identity theft and other charges.

Earlier this year, Pleasanton police arrested Pigeon on suspicion of identity theft after she and two other people allegedly rented two rooms at the Sheraton next to Stoneridge mall with fraudulent credit card information and were found in possession of stolen property from Nordstrom, JC Penney and Victoria's Secret. At the time, she was on probation and had two outstanding arrest warrants.

In other police reports:

* A bicyclist who was killed after being hit while riding on Highway 84 near Sunol last Friday evening was identified by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as 31-year-old Steven Mi of Fremont.

The California Highway Patrol said Mi was headed west on the right-hand shoulder of Highway 84 west of Sunol at about 6:25 p.m. on Friday when he abruptly turned into the westbound lane and was struck by a 2013 Nissan.

Mi was thrown from the bike and came to rest down a dirt embankment on the north side of the highway, the CHP said. He was pronounced dead there at 6:38 p.m. on Friday.

The CHP said the cause of the fatal crash remains under investigation. It hasn't yet been determined if drugs or alcohol were involved, CHP officials said.

The Nissan's driver and two passengers reported no injuries as a result of the crash. No arrests have been made, the CHP said.

* A Santa Rosa woman was arrested Sunday on suspicion of shoplifting more than $1,500 worth of merchandise from JC Penney at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Police allege Juanita Julie Santana, 33, entered the store with a large purse and a large plastic bag, walked around the store and filled the bag with lingerie without looking at the price tags or the sizes.

She then took a JC Penney bag off a shelf and filled it with children's shoes before going into a fitting room, where she moved all the items to her purse and the plastic bag, according to police.

She was arrested after allegedly leaving the store without paying.

* Black Tie Transportation in Pleasanton reported three cases of fraud Aug. 10 where someone used fake credit card information to pay for limo rides.

Police in Oakland and Hayward were notified because two of the transactions happened in Oakland and one happened in Hayward. Authorities are pursuing a suspect in at least one of the cases, according to Pleasanton police.

Editor's note: Information from Bay City News Service was used in this report.

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