London

Police say teen used fake ID to buy BMW

A 19-year-old London man is facing numerous charges after police said he used fake ID to purchase a BMW at an Ottawa dealership.

The car is worth around $78,000, police say

A 19-year-old Londoner is facing many charges after using a stolen identity to buy a BMW in Ottawa. (The Associated Press)

A 19-year-old London, Ont. man is facing a laundry list of charges after police say they caught him driving a BMW purchased with stolen identification.

Police say the teen visited a BMW dealership in Ottawa on Jan. 16 to buy a 2018 BMW X5.

He allegedly used what  turned out to be a fake ID to fill out a credit application and a vehicle purchase agreement, and came back three days later to pick up the $78,000 vehicle.

Police say the teen was spotted in London on Jan. 22, when an officer noticed a BMW on Dundas St. without its headlights on. When the officer tried to stop the car, police say the driver took off in the vehicle.

Police then located the BMW near Duluth Cr. and Crystal Cr., but when officers tried to stop the SUV the driver struck a police cruiser and drove off again.

Police say the teen was finally arrested after the SUV got stuck in the snow-covered lawn of a home on Railton Ave.

The 19 year-old is now facing the following charges:

  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle;
  • Fail to stop at scene of accident;
  • Fail to stop for police;
  • Public mischief divert suspicion from self or cause another person to be suspected;
  • Fraud exceeding $5000;
  • Personation to gain advantage;
  • Possession of property exceeding $5000 obtained by crime; and
  • Unlawfully sell or possess counterfeit mark.

In a news release, London Police D/Sgt. Ryan Scrivens took the opportunity to remind the public about safeguarding their personal information.

"Please invest in a paper shredder, never provide your personal information to an unproven source over the phone or electronically, and take the time to conduct periodic checks on your credit history through a reputable financial institution," said Scrivens.

The accused is expected to appear in London court on Valentine's Day in relation to the charges.