Sunmee Kim Allegedly Met Korean Businessmen Online Before Pulling Off Elaborate Thefts

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UPDATE, JAN. 3, 4:21 P.M.: Irvine Police confirm it was their Officer Joseph Jun who had the initial suspicions about the name Sunmee Kim is alleged to have presented as her own, so he deserves the credit for starting the chain of events that led to her capture.

ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 3, 2:39 P.M.: Look at Sunmee Kim. The 36-year-old does not appear as if she could hurt a flea.

But she was popped in Koreatown last month for allegedly stealing another woman's identity, meeting an Irvine businessman through, reporting to Irvine Police under the other woman's name that her "match" beat her up and, while he was being hauled off, cleaning out his home. Kim, who has been tied to similar crimes in Orange and Los Angeles counties, was apprehended due a cop's nagging suspicions about who she said she was.

While the Irvine officer was taking the domestic violence report, Kim showed off signs of physical injuries consistent with domestic violence. And she named her attacker: a 44-year-old Irvine businessman. He was arrested on charges related to supposedly roughing up his new girlfriend.

But the woman who made the report did not identify herself as Sunmee Kim--and it struck the responding officer odd that the "victim" could produce no identification under the name she gave.

The cop did some nosing around and through government databases was able to find a photo I.D. of the woman whose name Kim provided. Their physical descriptions matched, but while Kim looked similar to the female in the photo, the officer still felt something was not exactly right. So, Kim was asked about it, and she is said to have explained she recently had cosmetic surgery.
Unconvinced, the cop took fingerprints that were processed back at the station. The name that came back from law enforcement data systems based on prints was Sunmee Kim's, not the person Kim allegedly passed herself off as. And Sunmee Kim had these outstanding warrants:

2009, grand theft, Los Angeles Police Department: Kim allegedly tried to get ransom from a man who provided her with a place to stay by falsely claiming that she had been kidnapped and assaulted.

2010, grand theft, Garden Grove Police Department: Kim claimed another man she had met through and been in a brief relationship with tried to rob her. While he was taken into police custody, she allegedly cleaned out his residence. 

Kim's fingerprints were also taken in the Garden Grove case, which is how she was identified in the later Irvine crime. Armed with the new information about her true identity, the Irvine officer returned to the address to again confront her, but by then she had split. Her businessman date was obviously cut loose, but his celebration of freedom was short-lived when he discovered his home had been burglarized.

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