Alberta couple charged with fraud-related crimes in Brant County

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Some large purchases using credit cards at a gas station in St. George recently brought the Brant County OPP out to investigate, leading to the arrest of two people and the seizure of thousands of personal documents.

On Jan. 18, officers responded to a report of suspicious activity at the Esso gas station in St. George on Beverly Street. A man and woman had made some large purchases using credit cards.

Officers found the man and woman who made the purchases, attempted to talk to them, but they took off in a vehicle. Armed with descriptions of the couple and the vehicle, officers tracked them down at a nearby motel. They were leaving a motel room when the officers arrived.

With assistance from the Oxford County community street crime unit, the County of Brant OPP seized thousands of personal documents, including driver’s licences, credit cards, bank cards and computer equipment. Investigators believe the items were used for identity theft and fraudulent purposes.  He was charged with possession of an instrument intended for use in forging credit cards, possession of property obtained by crime, fail to stop motor vehicle and possession of an explosive substance while prohibited. She was charged with possession of an instrument intended for use in forging credit cards and possession of property obtained by crime.

The County of Brant OPP continues to investigate this incident with assistance from the OPP anti-rackets identity crimes unit.

Anyone with information about any incident in the County of Brant can call the County of Brant OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave a message at www.crimestoppers-brant.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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