ELKO — A vehicle without a license plate led to the arrest of an unregistered felon with fake identification cards and allegedly stolen credit cards.

On Thursday, Elko County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle on Lamoille Highway because it didn’t have a license plate.

The driver of the vehicle did not have a valid driver’s license. The owner of the vehicle, Christopher Gary Pace, arrived on scene to take possession of the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, Pace, 44, of Fresno, California, was arrested.

A K-9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in the vehicle and it was searched. A box containing multiple checkbooks, identification cards, Social Security cards and credit or debit cards was found.

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All parties involved denied ownership of the property.

“Two of the items located were forged Nevada driver’s licenses with the photo of the owner of the vehicle, Christopher Gary Pace, on them; however, the identifying information was not his,” according to the sheriff’s report.

Pace was arrested for two counts of possession of debit/credit card without consent of the owner, possession of identification of another, 10 counts of possession or sale of document or personal identifying information to establish false status or identity; and felon failure to register. His bail was set at $80,640.

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