The Sylvan Lake RCMP is warning drivers not to leave an ID somewhere easy to steal – like in a vehicle.
Mounties in the central Alberta town pulled over a vehicle Thursday for a traffic stop. They noticed a weapon in plain sight and checked the vehicle out further. They found a large quantity of stolen identity documents, including driver’s licenses, insurance cards, credit cards, birth certificates, firearms licenses and cheques.
They also found a number of pin pads. RCMP are trying to find the owners of the paperwork to return the stolen documents.
A man and woman in the vehicle are facing charges.
RCMP would also like to remind people to make sure they are not leaving identification in their vehicles and to lock their vehicles when unattended. They say once thieves have identity documents they have the ability to fraudulently apply for loans and credit cards, in addition to making unauthorized purchases under a stolen identity. This can cause damage to credit ratings and cause undue stress recovering an identity that belongs to someone else.
Sylvan Lake RCMP are requesting anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at 403-858-7200 or call local police.
If someone would like to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com , or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).