Calgary, AB,
08
February
2024
|
14:32
America/Denver

Two charged and over $100,000 of stolen property seized after fraud ring uncovered

One man and one woman have been charged after a complex fraud ring to buy and sell snowmobiles across multiple provinces was uncovered last week.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, a snowmobile dealership contacted police regarding a suspicious transaction. Our stolen property team along with district investigators worked to determine the rightful owners of the stolen property and instead uncovered a complex ring of fraudulent identification being used by different people across Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

The suspects used the fraudulent identification to purchase, deliver and sell snowmobiles and snowmobile trailers. It is believed that the suspects stole multiple victims’ identification information, created fraudulent identification from the stolen information, and went on to obtain credit cards in the victims’ names in order to purchase the snowmobiles to resell online to unsuspecting buyers.

On Thursday, Feb.1, 2024, a warrant was executed at a rural property, located in the 3500 block of 84 Street S.E., where investigators seized additional stolen vehicles including a Mercedes Benz Sports Coup, a Honda Odyssey minivan, and a brand-new utility trailer. The items recovered exceeded $100,000 in stolen property.

Devin Douglas BRUCE, 35, of Calgary is charged with:

·         Two counts of possession of forged documents

·         Two counts of possession of stolen credit cards

·         One count of possession of stolen identification

·         One count of possession of identity information

He will next appear in court on Friday, March 15, 2024.

Isabella Morgan SCHENCK, 27, of Calgary, is charged with:

·         Two counts of possession of a controlled substance

·         One count of possession of stolen identification

She will next appear in court on Friday, March 15, 2024.

“Investigators did an excellent job working with units across not only the Service, but in collaboration with other police agencies in multiple provinces to uncover this complicated, multi-jurisdiction fraud ring,” says Inspector Keith Hurley of the Calgary Police Service. “Their efforts to identify and hold those responsible stopped what we believe would have been multiple people being victimized by identity theft.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: P3 Tips

Case # CA24037044/5570