Glendale PD: Traffic stop leads to identity theft arrest

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Glendale police arrested two people this week after allegedly finding the identities of several hundred individuals inside their vehicle.

Police said on Thursday an officer in the area of Peoria and 59th avenues made a traffic stop on a vehicle.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer reportedly discovered that the driver, 43-year-old Michael Ross, and the passenger, 47-year-old Shawna Ross, were in possession of dangerous drugs.

According to police, several forged checks, stolen driver’s licenses, stolen social security cards, copies of individual tax returns, and multiple pages of blank checks were also found in the car.

Police said officers also found personal identifying information belonging to 388 different individuals.

Michael Ross was booked into jail and charged with possession of dangerous drugs. Shawna Ross was charged with aggravated identity theft, trafficking in the identity of another, and forgery.

Following their arrests, authorities learned that Shawna Ross might be connected to several car burglaries at hiking trails in Phoenix.

Shawna Ross could face additional charges if she’s found to be connected to the burglaries.