Alert store clerk tips cops off to fraud

The Sudbury Star - - LOCAL -

A 22-year-old man and a youth from Que­bec face identity theft charges af­ter North Bay po­lice in­ves­ti­gated a sus­pected fraud­u­lent credit ap­pli­ca­tion May 10 at a North Bay store.

Through fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice iden­ti­fied ad­di­tional oc­cur­rences in the Sud­bury and Mid­land ar­eas.

Po­lice in North Bay al­lege the two ac­cused were try­ing to ob­tain credit to pur­chase elec­tronic equip­ment from the store in North Bay. The em­ployee was con­cerned with some of the de­tails of the process and con­tacted po­lice.

When po­lice at­tended, they de­ter­mined the identity in­for­ma­tion be­ing used did not be­long to the two in­di­vid­u­als and they were ar­rested.

Per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards and a credit card were seized.

The 22-year-old is charged with three counts of pos­ses­sion of identity doc­u­ments, three counts of fraud, three counts identity theft and one count of ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The youth is charged with two counts of pos­ses­sion of identity doc­u­ments, two counts of fraud and two counts identity theft.

Both in­di­vid­u­als have been held in cus­tody pend­ing a bail hear­ing at the North Bay Court­house.

In ac­cor­dance with Canada’s Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, the North Bay Po­lice Ser­vice will not be re­leas­ing the names, or any other in­for­ma­tion, that may lead to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the ac­cused youth.

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