DATE/TIME: July 26, 2018 / 2:22 a.m.
INCIDENT: Possession of Credit Card Making Equipment / Stolen Access Cards
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
LOCATION: 4587 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills
SUSPECT(S): Michael Budzien, age 29, resident of Corona
Erica Saavedra, age 27, resident of Anaheim
On Thursday, July 26, 2018 deputies assigned to the Chino Hills Police Station responded to a hotel located at 4587 Chino Hills Parkway regarding credit card fraud. Upon arrival, Deputy Brian Cervantes learned Budzien attempted to use credit cards which appeared to be fraudulent. Budzien left in a vehicle prior to Cervantes’ arrival.
Cervantes found Budzien near another hotel, inside the described vehicle, with Erica Saavedra. The fraudulent credit cards used during the transaction were located. Deputies Stephanie Garcia and Komson Phaphui assisted Cervantes and located credit card making equipment including a laptop, card reader and multiple blank credit cards. Drug paraphernalia was also located inside the vehicle as was a credit card belonging to a victim from Orange County. One of the cards was stolen from a vehicle about two weeks ago in Orange County and was used to complete other fraudulent transactions.
Michael Budzien was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center for PC 484i(c)- Possession of credit card making equipment and PC 484e(d)- Possession of stolen access cards. He is being held on $25,000 bail. Erica Saavedra was also arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center for HS 11364- Possession of drug paraphernalia and was later released with a citation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Chino Hills Police Department at (909) 364-2000. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com
Refer: Deputy Brian Cervantes
Station: Chino Hills Station
Phone No. (909) 364-2000
Case No. 221802391
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department