Chilliwack man charged with ID theft, possession of stolen credit cards

Chilliwack man charged with ID theft, possession of stolen credit cards

Gregory James Cromarty, 45, arrested after ‘complex’ month-long investigation

A 45-year-old Chilliwack man remains in custody after being arrested for identity theft by RCMP.

The local RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) initiated an investigation in February after police received reports of a local man who was allegedly involved in property crime and credit card fraud.

During what Mounties said was a “complex investigation,” CRU officers supported by the Priority Offender Suppression Team (POST) covertly gathered evidence to link a suspect, the possession of stolen property, identity theft, and an address to the alleged crimes.

On March 23, Gregory James Cromarty was taken into custody after he was stopped by police while driving in the 45000-block of Wellington Avenue. During their search of the suspect and vehicle investigators located further evidence linking the man to stolen property and identity theft.

The arrest was followed later that evening with the execution of a search warrant in the 9500-block of Corbould Street by CRU and POST officers where police seized altered identification, credit cards, and banking information. Five people taken into custody during the execution of the warrant were later released at the address by police.

Cromarty faces criminal charges for possession of stolen credit card, possession of stolen property, personation, and possession of a forged document. He remains in custody pending a court appearance in late April.

Cromarty is known to Chilliwack RCMP. He was convicted of uttering threats in 2015. He was also in court earlier this month facing two charges stemming from an incident in Hope on Oct. 2, 2016: assault and fear of injury by another person. He was convicted of the lesser charge, fined $500 and put on a one year recognizance.