A large quantity of stolen ID — including driver’s licences, credit cards, birth certificates and firearm licences — were recovered by Sylvan Lake RCMP on Thursday.
Police said the documents were found in a vehicle during a traffic stop on 50th Street at about 8 a.m.
Police said when officers stopped the vehicle they saw a weapon in plain view inside. Further investigation lead to the discovery of various pin pads and the ID that also included cheques, insurance cards, and other forms of ID.
A man and woman, both of no fixed address, were taken into custody and will face numerous charges.
Sylvan Lake RCMP are actively trying to return the stolen property and ID to their rightful owners.
Police would like to remind people not to leave identification in their vehicles and to lock their vehicles when unattended.
Once thieves have stolen ID they have the ability to fraudulently apply for loans and credit cards, as well as making unauthorized purchases under the stolen identity. This can cause damage to a person’s credit rating and undue stress recovering an identity that is rightfully theirs.
The investigation is on-going and an update will be provided when charges are laid.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact Sylvan Lake RCMP at 403-858-7200 or call their local police. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If information leads to an arrest there could be a cash reward up to $2,000.