Major identity theft and fraud operation busted in Surrey

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      An investigation into mail theft in Surrey had led to one man being arrested and charged for running a major identity theft and fraud operation.

      Surrey RCMP stated in a news release today (January 16) that police launched an investigation on November 12 after they received a report about mail stolen from community mailboxes in North Surrey.

      Investigators identified a suspect and obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 13000 block of Balloch Drive in Surrey.

      At the location, officers found and seized large quantities of items that are believed to be part of a large-scale operation conducting mail theft, identity theft, and fraud.

      Among the items seized were hundreds of pieces of mail, stolen credit cards, cheques, 139 government-issued identification cards, multiple forged identifications, counterfeit currency, and $6,000.

      RCMP continue to work with Canadian postal inspectors in reviewing stolen mail and documents, and investigators will be contacting potential victims.

      Officers arrested Michael Benjamin Stott, a 29-year-old male from Surrey, on January 9.

      He is facing numerous charges that include several counts of breaking-and-entering, possessing a break-in instrument, disguising face with the intent to commit an offence, and theft from mail.

      He remains in custody and is next scheduled to appear in Surrey provincial court on February 3.