Porch pirate investigation unearths ID forgery lab

Seized machines used for forging identification and credit cards

An investigation into the missing mail led to an identification forgery lab.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces of stolen mail have been recovered by Calgary Police who stumbled upon an identification forgery lab at a Beltline condo complex located in the 500 block of 12th Avenue S.W.

The Calgary Police Service say residents of a downtown apartment complex complained about “problem neighbours” who had allegedly been stealing packages and mail in the building.

An investigation into the missing mail led to the Dec. 2 search of a condo unit as well as a vehicle.

The search resulted in the seizure of:

- Four packages that had been reported stolen by other tenants;
- Machines used to forge identification and credit cards;
- Forged identification with one of the suspects' photo and assumed names;
- An upper receiver and barrel from a Glock handgun; and,
- Hundreds, potentially thousands, pieces of mail destined for various residential buildings and businesses in Calgary.

Two people — 46-year-old Erin Lindsay Emerson and 38-year-old Steven Edward Hart — were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, possession of forgery instruments and possession of forged documents.

Emerson was scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 3 while Hart was expected to make a court appearance on Tuesday.


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