Police nab alleged con man in Hope

Curtis Macintosh charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000

A 29-year-old man is facing criminal charges in connection with credit card fraud.

On Sept. 9, Hope RCMP received a report of a stolen wallet from a vehicle near Sequoia Creek Road. There were no suspects or witnesses to the theft, however the victim provided information of two fraudulent credit card purchases, one of which was at the Silver Chalice Liquor Store. An employee provided information leading police to believe the suspect was associated with a U-Haul rental vehicle. Hope RCMP located the vehicle, and found it had been rented using false identification.

The vehicle was seized by police and examined by the Integrated Forensic Identification Services. A search warrant was later conducted at the suspect’s home and police found various stolen items, including hundreds of credit cards and other personal information.

“Identity and credit card frauds are crimes that can put peoples’ lives in a tail spin,” said Staff Sgt. Suki Manj. “The tenacious work by the members of the Hope RCMP on this investigation has likely saved many citizens from further victimization.”

Curtis Macintosh has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and remains in custody until his next court appearance in Chilliwack on Sept. 28.