Parolee to be arraigned in Hemet murder

HEMET, Calif. Investigators say the suspect befriended 80-year old Edward Andrews and stole his identity. Police believe Andrews to be dead.

Surveillance pictures show Thomas Jeffrey Brooks making withdrawals from ATMs throughout the Southland. He's accused of stealing more than $130,000 in cash and merchandise from the victim.

The kidnapping, identity-theft and now murder suspect is behind bars in Murrieta. Police said Brooks may have victimized other people because of the equipment they found in his San Diego apartment on Friday. Police found computers allegedly used to make fake IDs and credit cards using a number of other identities.

Andrews' family said they are grieving but are happy Brooks is behind bars.

If you have any information that might help detectives, you're asked to call the Riverside County Sheriff's Dept., Hemet Station at (951) 791-3717.


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