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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:12 am | Updated: 11:35 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

With two suspects already in custody, Long Beach Police Department officials are continuing to search for three more involved in an identity theft ring.

An ongoing LBPD investigation recently found out that 43-year-old Ayesha Wilson of Long Beach and 34-year-old Nanette Macon of Adelanto were responsible for 39 identity theft incidents at a local Sam’s Club, 7480 E. Carson St. Those incidents trace back as far as 2009. Both suspects already were in custody — Wilson was arrested Feb. 24 by the Beverly Hills Police Department and Macon was Arrested April 22, both unrelated to identity theft.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed 21 counts of identity theft against Wilson and 18 against Macon. There will be a preliminary hearing at the Long Beach Supreme Court sometime this month.

With the help of Walmart Global Investigations — an investigative unit of Sam’s Club’s parent company — investigators have determined that there are three additional suspects involved as part of this fraud ring, and that those suspects are responsible for at least 10 additional cases of identity theft.

Investigators said the suspect would establish credit accounts using personal identifying information from various victims, mostly located outside the state. Then they would engage in fraudulent transactions at Sam’s Club, purchasing various items like gift cards, tablets and computers.

Detectives believe the three suspects still are at large in Los Angeles County. Anyone with information on possible suspects seen in the provided photos can contact LBPD Identity Theft Detective Andre Sanchez at 570-7602. Anonymous tips can be left by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, texting TIPLA and the tip to CRIMES or visiting www.LACrimestoppers.org.