FORT MYERS, FL. A simple traffic stop on I-75 in North Fort Myers Wednesday evening led to the takedown of four people who deputies believe are part of an active state-wide burglary ring.
Darius Wheeler, Bonique Bier, Juantay Moran and Jontiria Roger were arrested and thrown in jail.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office tells WINK News, when the deputy approached the car, he smelled marijuana coming from inside.
Once they searched the car, deputies say they found glass window punchers in the glove box and in Wheeler's pocket.
Investigators say organized burglary groups use these products to break in to cars and homes.
In the car's trunk, deputies say they then discovered all kinds of stolen i.d. cards, checkbooks, credit cards and Social Security cards.
All from different places across the state. Deputies even say some of the stolen items came from a recent burglary in Sarasota.
"Basically, they can do anything they want," said local identity theft expert, Carrie Kerskie.
Kerskie says when thieves have access to these kinds of documents and bank accounts they can attack instantly.
"With having the social security cards they have the keys to the kingdom. They can do anything--apply for loans, credit cards, they can actually become you," said Kerskie.
Deputies also tell WINK News, they believe the alleged thieves would have used all the stolen credit and Social Security cards to further commit organized bank and credit card fraud.
"Either they are just getting it and selling it to combine for a larger organization or they are the ones on the ground using the cards in the stores," said Kerskie.