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WELLS — Nevada Highway Patrol troopers stopped a car for speeding Thursday and ended up arresting the two people in the vehicle on charges of identity theft.

Heather Sage, 21, of Rosemead, Calif., was driving along U.S. Highway 93 just south of Wells when she was pulled over, NHP Lt. Kirt Beach said. The vehicle reportedly did not have visible registration.

Both Sage and the passenger, James Abel, 31, of Tujunga, Calif., provided false identifications to the troopers, Beach said. The troopers asked Sage and Abel for their stories separately, and Beach said what they told them did not match.

The troopers called for a K-9 Unit and the K-9 reportedly ran around the vehicle, indicating there were drugs inside. Troopers searched the vehicle and reportedly found a large number of credit cards and IDs and a credit card making machine and equipment. They also reportedly found a jar containing what appeared to be marijuana, and a smoking pipe and rolling papers. Beach said a switchblade knife was in the vehicle as well.

Some identities appeared to be stolen while others were fake, Beach said. The troopers eventually found Sage and Abel’s real IDs and they were arrested.

Sage was arrested for conspiracy to obtain or use another person’s identification, attempting to obtain or possess a credit or debit card without owner’s consent, possession of an incomplete credit or debit card, speeding, attempting to make a false statement to obstruct a public officer, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia,  and attempting to carry a concealed explosive, gun or dangerous weapon without a permit. Her bail was listed at $29,375.

Abel was arrested for attempting to obtain or use another person’s identification, attempting to obtain or possess a credit or debit card without consent, possession of incomplete credit or debit card, attempting to make a false statement to obstruct a public officer, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and attempting to carry a concealed explosive, gun or dangerous weapon without a permit. His bail was listed at $29,020.

“We’re starting to see more of it (identity theft),” Beach said. “ ... Know who you’re giving your personal information to.”

Beach said to pay attention to your surroundings and don’t give out personal information, especially your Social Security number. He also said to keep an eye out for suspicious emails that claim to be from banks or other legitimate companies, a scam known as phishing.

Beach added the investigation is ongoing.

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