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

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.

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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