St. Albert RCMP Crime Reduction Unit’s latest discovery involves hundreds of pieces of stolen documents, forged identifications, forged cheques and stolen mail.
On March 13, RCMP executed a search warrant of an apartment complex in St. Albert, where police found evidence two people were making and forging identification to be used in other frauds. As a result of the investigation, Twyla Steinhauer, 33, and Corey Peers, 32, were arrested.
Steinhauer and Peers are each charged with seven offences including identity theft, fraud, possession of stolen property and trafficking identity documents. The charges also include possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, possession of methamphetamine and failure to comply with release documents.
Both Steinhauer and Peers are set to appear at St. Albert Provincial Court on March 29.
St. Albert CRU has seen a significiant increase in identity theft complaints recently. Police have completed three separate investigations that resulted in the seizure of hundreds of forged documents and identification documents.
Offenders often steal identification from unlocked motor vehicles which is called “car hopping” or “car shopping.” To help combat the growing trend, RCMP urges the public to lock their vehicles.
Anyone with a crime to report can call St. Albert RCMP 780-458-7700 or go online to Crime Stoppers at 780-458-7700.