Identity theft -- follow up

As it turns out, the two guys have already been released. They were charged with misdemeanors and have a court date next month. However, they talked. A lot. It turns out that this is part of an ongoing scam in the local area.

There's enough intriguing information that the police feel that felony busts may happen, but I can't really say more at this time. Again, when I get the police reports, I'll post 'em for you.
And the police never told you anything of how would you be protected, if at all? They DO know it was you who got them caught no?