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Authorities bust identity theft, forgery operation in Colorado Springs

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Posted at 7:11 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 20:12:08-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs police arrested a suspect and are searching for two more for their involvement in an identity theft and forgery operation.

Police tell News 5 a woman was arrested, though they would not release any details about her citing the ongoing investigation.

Last week, police and inspectors from the United States Postal Service came into contact with three people regarding a stolen vehicle. They then determined at least one person, the woman arrested, was "heavily involved" in the operation.

Lt. John Koch with CSPD's Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division said the scheme appears to be elaborate, giving credit to "good old-fashioned police work" for helping crack the case.

"What we're working with was land deeds, title deeds, United States currency, personal identification documents, state identification cards," Koch said.

Koch said they recovered personal information and documents related to at least 123 people.

"While we do believe that there are victims here in Colorado Springs, it's also possible that we have some in other parts of the city, the state, the country," Koch said.

Those documents also include tax forms, marriage certificates and more.

Police said the suspect used websites that sell personal information to get the documents. They said they also recovered forged IDs, forged credit cards, forged checks and counterfeit money.

Koch encouraged anyone that thinks their identity or personal information could have been stolen to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department, their bank or their credit bureau immediately.