–West Shore RCMP media release, Image by e-gabi, CC0 Public Domain Pixabay
On August 1st, 2019, the West Shore RCMP received a report of theft from a parked vehicle. The complainant advised their wallet had been stolen from their vehicle which was left unlocked. The very next day a suspect impersonating the complainant attended a money lending business and took out loans for over $10,000. In addition, the suspect is alleged to have changed the complainant’s personal information through Equifax and Trans Union (agencies that deal with credit scoring).
The West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit headed up the investigation. After identifying the suspect through video surveillance, police arrested 32-year-old Cry.stal Be.mis.ter who is a resident of Langford. A search warrant was executed on Bem.ister’s home where police seized other items that were reported stolen, including a camera and identification from another victim.
On September 24th, 2019, Bemist.er 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.
“We get daily calls for service regarding theft from unlocked vehicles,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer West Shore RCMP. “This particular theft led to the complainant’s personal information being compromised. Please do not leave your valuables in your car. Adopt a nightly routine of locking your car doors and check to make sure your home is secure before going to bed.”
Cst. Nancy Saggar
Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4