On Sept. 24, West Shore RCMP arrested a Langford woman who allegedly took out more than $10,000 in loans using a stolen identity. (Black Press Media file photo)

Langford woman charged after allegedly racking up $10,000 in loans using stolen identity

A 32-year-old Langford woman faces theft, fraud, and impersonation charges

A 32-year-old Langford woman has been arrested and charged with theft, fraud and impersonation after she took out loans totalling more than $10,000 using another person’s identification.

On Aug. 1, the West Shore RCMP received a report of theft from a parked vehicle. The victim told police their wallet had been stolen from the vehicle while it was unlocked.

The next day, a suspect impersonating the victim took out loans from a money lending business for more than $10,000. Additionally, the suspect allegedly changed the victim’s personal information through Equifax and Trans Union (companies that deal with credit scores).

READ MORE: West Shore RCMP bike unit patrols led to 65 arrest warrants, 77 criminal charges in one year

On Sept. 24, Crystal Bemister was arrested at her home by the West Shore RCMP’s crime reduction unit, after she identified through video surveillance. Police found other reported stolen items, including a camera and identification from another victim.

Bemister was charged with one count of theft under $5,000, one count of fraudulent use of a computer, three counts of fraud, and three counts of impersonation.

ALSO READ: West Shore RCMP arrest man in road rage baton attack in Colwood

“Adopt a nightly routine of locking your car doors and check to make sure your home is secure before going to bed, ” noted Const. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP media relations officer.

“We get daily calls for service regarding theft from unlocked vehicles. This particular theft led to the complainant’s personal information being compromised. Please do not leave your valuables in your car.”

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com


@iaaronguillen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Loaded gun, hundreds of rounds ammunition seized in Victoria

Victoria police focus on Project Burnside Gorge Connect

Saanich police break up Canada Day gathering of nearly 200 youth in Mount Douglas Park

Officers observed underage drinking, public intoxication, lack of physical distancing

UPDATED: Sidney driver escapes motorcycle fire uninjured after onlookers sound alarm

Driver got off just in time, no injuries reported, firefighter says

Undercover operation exposes prominent human trafficking problem in Greater Victoria

VicPD’s Operation No More took place in mid-June at a local hotel

Sooke’s homeless reflect on housing situation

Ed MacGregor Park a new temporary home for Sooke’s homeless population

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

Major B.C. salmon farm tests new containment system to curb sea lice infestations

System “essentially eliminates” contact between wild and farmed fish stocks, says Cermaq

Major B.C. salmon farm tests new containment system to curb sea lice infestations

System “essentially eliminates” contact between wild and farmed fish stocks, says Cermaq

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back”

Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

The prisoners allege guards did not wear masks until April 25

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein for years

B.C. repairs COVID-19 emergency order for local government

Ombudsperson shut out as his recommendations implemented

No doctor assisted death allowed at Hamlets in Duncan

Faith-based company that owns facility believes in sanctity of life

Most Read