Huge ID theft operation busted in B.C.
Police in British Columbia say they've busted a huge identity theft operation covering the entire Metro Vancouver area after finding tens of thousands of stolen IDs and credit cards at a residence in Burnaby.
Burnaby RCMP raided the property earlier in March, seizing various computers, stolen mail, passports and a range of tools used to make fake documents.
Also found at the home were 44,000 IDs, 80,000 stolen credit cards, hotel receipts from the Surrey Sandman and Kingsway Ramada, a Canada Post bag and numerous weapons.
Insp. Tim Shields says police have only just begun unravelling the operation.
"This investigation is so big that we haven't had the opportunity to be able to start looking up additional names and finding out exactly what may or may not have been done," he said.
"We know that it involves virtually every chartered bank where false accounts were set up."
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Police have laid 19 charges against Anthony Pavos Stulec, 29, of Burnaby, and Stephanie Jean Smyth, 21.
Stulec is known to police and allegedly has 24 aliases, while Smyth has been released on $500 bail.
The accused are scheduled to appear in Vancouver Provincial Court on April 4.
With files from the CBC's Belle Puri