Woman wanted for string of ID thefts arrested in Puyallup

A woman wanted for a string of identity thefts was arrested Monday in Puyallup.

Dena Howe, 45, faces three counts of identity theft, two counts of forgery, two counts of theft, unlawful possession of payment instruments and two drug counts.

She pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges, which stem from four incidents, and was ordered jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The first incident dates back to September 2013, when Howe allegedly used fraudulent checks to make a $1,400 purchase. In February 2014, she allegedly applied for credit cards in someone else’s name at four stores and spent about $4,620.

Lakewood police pulled Howe over in July 2014 for having the wrong tabs on her vehicle. Officers said they found methamphetamine in the car and identification and checks in another woman’s name.

Howe was arrested and charged but didn’t show up in court and was considered a fugitive.

In September, a security officer in a big box store watched Howe apply for a credit card with a stolen identification and spend $2,210 with the new card, according to charging papers.

Police later were able to identify her using surveillance footage.