Woman tried to hide plethora of stolen IDs in leggings, Plantation police say
Fort Lauderdale woman caught with 18 driver’s licenses, 14 credit cards, 10 debit cards, six Social Security cards, five checkbooks and one birth certificate that did not belong to her landed briefly behind bars..
Brittany Lashae Prince, 22, was arrested Tuesday on 27 identity theft charges. She posted $27,000 bond and was released from the Broward Main Jail on Wednesday.
When Plantation police contacted the owners of the identification, most said they had their purses or wallets stolen when their cars were broken into while they were at parks, beaches and fitness clubs in Davie, Hollywood, Plantation, Sunrise, Lake Worth and Gainesville, according to a police report.
The car break-ins happened between May 18 and June 6, the report said.
“It is believed Prince possessed this personal information with the intent to fraudulently use the personal information…,” the report said.
Police discovered Prince’s cache of stolen ID’s June 10 when they went to the scene of a single-car rollover crash at 1005 SW 44th Ave. Prince was driving a 2014 Ford Explorer when it hit a tree and rolled onto its side, according to the report.
Before crashing, the Explorer had hit another vehicle at a 7-Eleven at 4451 Davie Blvd. and fled. The driver of the vehicle that had been hit followed the Explorer and saw it crash into the tree, the report said.
At the crash scene, Prince was seen “concealing items in her leggings.” Those items ended up being two driver’s licenses. And when Prince was removed from the back seat of a patrol car, an officer found “a pile” of driver’s licenses, credit cards and checkbooks, the report said.
Police learned the Explorer was a rental vehicle bearing a license tag stolen from a Mercury Marquis. They also confiscated Prince’s purse and backpack from the SUV, the report said.
Police found licenses, credit and debit cards and other identification belonging to 23 people in all, the report said.
The police report does not indicate why Prince wasn’t booked on the identity-theft charges until five months after the crash. Plantation police did not respond to telephone or email inquiries.
The identity-theft victims contacted by police all gave similar accounts of their purses and wallets being stolen when their vehicles were burglarized.
Among the break-in locations were: Central Park in Plantation, Tree Tops Park in Davie, Hollywood beach, Lake Worth beach, John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Dogwood Park in Gainesville, an L.A. Fitness in Sunrise and a Health and Fitness in Gainesville.
Prince’s criminal history includes misdemeanor convictions for petty theft, use of false identification and misuse of the 911 system, as well as a felony conviction for grand theft.
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