Two arrested in connection to identity theft in Qualicum Beach

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Two people were arrested in Qualicum Beach in connection to identity theft and other fraudulent activities, according to Oceanside RCMP.

RCMP received information on April 27, which led to an investigation and the arrest of a 40-year-old man and 25-year-old woman of no fixed address.

There were few details, but investigators were given a licence plate and description of the suspect’s vehicle, according to Cpl. Jesse Foreman.

Officers found the vehicle parked in front of a hotel in Qualicum Beach and began surveillance.

Additional surveillance and investigation was performed once the suspect’s identity was established and a warrant was obtained to search the hotel room, which the suspect was fraudulently renting under an alias, RCMP said. 

“The search of the hotel revealed a large quantity of physical and digital evidence that suggests the suspects were fabricating identification and involved in identity theft and other fraudulent activities,” Foreman said in a news release. “As well, the legitimate (stolen) identification of several victims was recovered.”

Both suspects have since been released with a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court. Officers continue to comb through a significant quantity of evidence and further fraud related charges are anticipated, according to RCMP.

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