February 11, 2019 2:58 pm
Updated: February 11, 2019 3:03 pm

Teen arrested after using stolen ID to purchase BMW in Ottawa: London police

On Jan. 16, a man went to a dealership on Ogilvie Drive in Ottawa to purchase a 2018 BMW X5, using fraudulent identification, police said.

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A London man, 19, is facing a handful of charges after police say an attempted vehicle stop in London revealed a BMW had been fraudulently obtained from a dealership in Ottawa.

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According to police, an officer saw a BMW on Dundas Street in London on Jan. 22 that did not have its headlights on. When officers tried to stop the car, the driver fled.

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Police say the vehicle was found soon after in the area of Duluth and Crystal crescents and when police tried once again to stop it, the BMW hit a cruiser and drove away.

The driver was arrested after the vehicle became stuck in the snow on the lawn of a residence on Railton Avenue, police say.

According to police, their investigation has revealed that on Jan. 16, a man went to a dealership on Ogilvie Drive in Ottawa to purchase a 2018 BMW X5, using fraudulent identification to complete the credit application and purchase agreement. The $78,000 vehicle was picked up three days later.

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London police are reminding everyone to take precautions to protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.

“Please invest in a paper shredder,” says Det.-Sgt. Ryan Scrivens.

“Never provide your personal information to an unproven source over the phone or electronically, and take the time to conduct periodic checks on your credit history through a reputable financial institution.”

The suspect faces eight charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, fraud exceeding $5,000, and personation to gain advantage.

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