August 13, 2013 - 8:30 AM
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.
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