Suspicious person at aquatic center playground leads to identity theft arrest

Manteca man with stolen documents, credit cards is also registered sex offender

A Manteca man was arrested Wednesday after Pleasanton police responded to a report of a suspicious person and vehicle parked in the playground/picnic area of the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Park on Black Avenue.

According to police reports, the vehicle was parked on the sidewalk.

Police allege the man, later identified as 35-year-old Andrew Jonathan Hardy, provided false identifying information to the officers when contacted.

According to police reports, Hardy was in possession of a stolen laptop, various forms of identification from over a dozen people, credit cards and financial documents not in his name, and drug paraphernalia.

During the officers' investigation, they also discovered Hardy is a registered sex offender in Manteca, said police.

"The investigation is continuing as to whether the subject was in violation of the conditions of his registration requirements, but it is important to note there were no allegations of inappropriate contact with any people or children in the park," Sgt. Pat Walsh said.

Hardy was arrested and booked on suspicion of identity theft, possessing drug paraphernalia, providing false information to a police officer and possessing stolen property.

"The Pleasanton Police Department relies on its partnership with their residents to keep this community safe and reminds citizens to immediately call the police and report suspicious behavior," said Walsh.

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