Women arrested in dumpster-diving ID theft

Erin Terry and Robin Secor
Erin Terry and Robin Secor

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP/KXAN) — Two women digging through trash behind a Round Rock hotel have been arrested after police say they were gathering information for identity thieves. Robin Secor was arrested on forgery, theft and drug charges — as well as possession of identifying information. Erin Terry was arrested on a drug possession charge.

The women remained jailed Wednesday after being arrested by the Round Rock Police Department outside of an Extended Stay hotel last week. The women initially told police they were rummaging for scrap metal, but officers say they found folders containing the names, credit card numbers, or social security numbers of more than 50 people who stayed at the hotel, were applicants, or who worked at different Extended Stay locations.

Secor tells officers such information is commonly traded for drugs and that she has exchanged hundreds of similar folders with different people.

Court records show police found 9.2 grams of what a field tested positive to be methamphetamine and 0.4 grams of what field tested positive to be cocaine.

KXAN reached out to Extended Stay for its policies on securing personal information. The company declined to answer the question, only saying that “the safety and security of our guests is our main priority, and we are cooperating with the proper authorities during the investigation.”

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