The Burnaby RCMP has arrested two people and is looking for a third following a large-scale multi-jurisdictional fraud investigation involving 200 victims.
In May, the Burnaby RCMP’s Community Response Team launched an investigation after receiving a complaint about a suspicious purchase at a computer store at the Metrotown Mall. It’s alleged that one of the suspects purchased iPhones with someone else’s credit card and then rented a vehicle with yet another identity.
The incidents are believed to have been committed in Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Langley and Squamish.
The investigation led officers to a home in the 38000-block of Hemlock Avenue in Squamish where a search warrant was executed. Officers seized about 200 identities including credit cards, British Columbia driver’s licences, B.C. photo identity cards (BCID), cheques, wills, firearm licences, immigration papers and utility documents. Police believe personal mail was being stolen from homes and mail boxes.
Shawn Lundrigan, 33, of Squamish and Kimberly McSweeney, 22, of Squamish are facing multiple counts of fraud and identity theft. A third man remains at large. Paul Hebert, 38, of no-fixed address is wanted by the Burnaby RCMP for one count of identity theft and two counts of fraud.
If you see Hebert or know of his whereabouts, please call your nearest police department or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or text: BCTIP at CRIMES (274637).
The Burnaby RCMP encourages the public to be vigilant about checking credit card histories and bank statements. If you want more information about how to protect your personal mail, see the Canada Post website at, http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/productsservices/receive/maildelivery.jsf.