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Police bust suspected identity theft lab in Kitchener

Waterloo Regional Police Service cruisers behind the Kitchener station. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Waterloo Regional Police say officers have arrested a 37-year-old Kitchener man after a lengthy investigation into identity theft, identity fraud and stolen credit card data.

Investigators carried out a search warrant on Friday in the area of Fairway Road and Weber Street where they seized a large number of identification documents, bank cards, blank credit cards, break-in instruments, hard drives, a debit machine and banking information.

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“These documents are suspected to have been stolen during break and enters to homes, as well as thefts from vehicles and mailboxes throughout the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas,” police said in a news release on Tuesday.

Alex Leger has been charged with several offences, including identity theft, identity fraud and possession of stolen property.

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Police said the investigation is ongoing and expect more charges to be laid.

Residents are being reminded too always keep their personal identification documents in a safe place.

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