Alleged identity thieves to appear in Kamloops court next week

Police found a credit card imprint machine among other items following a search conducted in June.
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KAMLOOPS - They may have gotten away with it — if they had just slowed down.

A pair of alleged identity thieves are expected to appear in Kamloops provincial court next week after getting busted with a heavy foot in June during a regular traffic stop. Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that a man arrested for identity theft has his own identity issues—six different aliases police know about.

Around 3 a.m. on June 7, police pulled over a Ford Focus for speeding near Barriere on Highway 5 and reportedly uncovered stolen credit cards, stolen identification cards, methamphetamine, various electronics, a credit card imprinting machine and blank credit cards.

According to RCMP, a 27-year-old Abbotsford woman was driving with a 30-year-old Edmonton passenger when they were pulled over by Central Interior Traffic Services and subsequently searched by police. The car was registered to a rental company, and the pair did not provide police the necessary documentation for the vehicle, prompting a search. RCMP reported that the pair seemed 'suspicious' when they provided identification that didn't match.

Mandy Anne Burton faces multiple charges including identify theft, possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of possession with the purpose of trafficking among others.

Matthew Arthur Stuthard faces charges of identity theft, personation with intent to gain advantage, false pretence over $5,000, wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Stuthard also faces charges of fraud over $5,000 and false pretence over $5,000 for an alleged offence on June 6 in Abbotsford. Court Services Online lists six aliases for Stuthard including: Fredrick Graham Decker, Brennan Cardinal, Matthew Douglas, Desalgn Tefasi Tekeste, Ritchie Tziganey and Madd Matt.

The pair remain in custody and are due back in court on Aug. 19.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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