RCMP traffic stop in Barriere thwarts alleged identity thieves

Police vehicle search uncovers a cache of stolen credit cards, ID cards and drugs

A pair of alleged identity thieves had their plans altered by an alert RCMP Traffic Services officer earlier in June.

The pair were stopped for a speeding offence on Highway 5 in the early morning hours near Barriere. A subsequent search uncovered a cache of stolen credit cards, ID cards and drugs.

On June 7 at 3:14 a.m. a constable with the Central Interior Traffic Services stopped a Ford Focus for speeding on Highway 5 in Barriere. The B.C. registered rental vehicle was driven by a 27-year-old female from Abbotsford who was accompanied by a 30-year-old male passenger from Edmonton.

The two were unable to provide documentation regarding the rental vehicle. The officer growing more suspicious when the passenger provided photo identification cards that did not match.

It was soon determined that passenger had obstructed the officer by providing a false name and appeared to have stolen identification cards in his possession.

The initial search of the vehicle uncovered a used “meth” pipe. A further search located a significant quantity of suspected methamphetamine. suitcases containing a large quantity of stolen credits and identification (including drivers licences and international passports from various countries), a credit card imprinting machine along with blank credit cards, and numerous one litre motor oil containers containing suspected liquid GHB (an illegal drug),

Several other electronics were located in the vehicle such as laptops, and cell phones.

Police found that the subjects were on several conditions from other recognizances and were found in breach of those conditions.

Police charged Matthew Arthur Stuthard and Mandy Anne Burton with long lists of charges. As of Wednesday, both subjects remained in custody.