The Benton County Sheriff's Office announced Monday the arrests of three people in an identity theft case and say that more arrests could follow.

Investigators recovered stolen driver's licenses, credit cards, Social Security cards, checks, stolen mail, a stolen laptop and printer and methamphetamine after executing a search warrant Nov. 12 in room 115 at Motel 6, 935 N.W. Garfield Ave., and in a 1994 Isuzu Trooper that belonged to one of the people arrested.

Two of them were identified as Jamie Lee Neil, 40, and Jason Michael Mclaren, 32, who were arrested at the motel room. According to the press release, Neil and McLaren, who had no listed address, also were in possession of blank check paper and magnetic ink, which is used to make checks bank-compliant.

Neil was jailed on charges of identity theft, forgery, fraudulent use of credit card, theft, mail theft and a fugitive warrant out of California. Mclaren was arrested for identity theft, fraudulent use of credit card, theft and mail theft.

Investigators also took into evidence several pieces of mail that had been stolen was from the Crescent Valley and Vineyard Mountain area. Evidence indicated that several of the stolen items came from car break-ins near Oregon State University.

Information obtained from the first two search warrants led deputies to obtain a third search warrant for 348 N.W. 15th St., No. A, in Corvallis, the residence of Christopher Franz Herrmann, 27. He was arrested in connection with the first two arrests and search warrants and charged with four counts of identity theft, unlawful entry into motor vehicle, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Seized from the Herrmann residence were stolen credit cards, a stolen driver's license and stolen mail. Also seized from the residence was a digital scale, packaging material for controlled substances and a small amount of methamphetamine.

The online Benton County Jail roster indicated that all three were jailed Nov. 12. Neil remained on the jail roster Monday night in lieu of $60,000 bail; Herrmann's bail amount at the jail was listed as $177,610. Mclaren was released from the jail Nov. 16 on a court order.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Deputy Kevin Mills at 766-6858.

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