The charges against Andrew Kluchnikov, 47, of San Francisco include identity theft, burglary, theft by fraud, and possessing a false resident-alien card — a green card, said Lt. Marc Alcantera of the Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Kluchnikov is in the county jail in Redwood City with bail set at $2 million.
Also in jail is Michael Tsarevsky, 44, also of San Francisco and charged with identity theft and conspiracy. He is on no-bail status at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Both men are considered flight risks, Lt. Alcantera said.
Detectives based the charges on evidence gathered at the men's homes in San Francisco, he said.
The alleged crime spree got going after a theft of the Woodside resident's mail, said Lt. Alcantera, who "strongly encourages" residents to use locking mailboxes and to report on suspicious persons seen in their neighborhoods.