Forgers’ Den Raided
LONDON (AP) _ A dragnet for car thieves turned up a ″massive forgers’ den″ with thousands of bogus passports, car registrations and other documents, and five people were arrested, police and newspaper reports said Thursday.
Scotland Yard said in a brief statement that police also seized forged visas, marriage certificates, checkbooks, travelers checks, foreign driving licences and birth certificates at the house at Islington in north London.
It identified the four men arrested as Refik Ozcan, 33; Hilni Sehri, 33; Mustafa Yoldas, 26; and Hamit Ersozoglu, 36, all of Turkey, and one woman, Ann Carnegie, 43, of Sweden.
The Times of London said the five were arrested earlier this week.
The paper said that what police described as a ″massive forgers’ den″ was found by detectives from Scotland Yard’s stolen car squad during an operation that began as an investigation into the theft of expensive rented cars in London’s financial district.
The paper said detectives described the documents as top-quality forgeries. It said the center allegedly could supply a client with a full new identity - for a fee.
The paper said the police haul included visa and landing stamps for various countries for use with the forged passports.
No details were given about possible clients, but The Times said criminals ranging from terrorists to armed robbers would be ready to pay a high price for a new identity to get them out of Britain.