Fife police nab pair of accused identity thieves

FIFE, Wash. -- An accused burglar was taken to the hospital this week after she told Fife police she had swallowed heroin.

An officer first spotted a Dodge Charger Tuesday afternoon that he recognized as being wanted in connection with an earlier burglary in Edgewood.

When the officer stopped the car, the man and woman inside lied about their names, according to Fife police.

The pair was taken into custody, and officers found several identification cards and an unknown amount of methamphetamine in the man's pocket, according to police.

When questioned, the woman told police there was a gun and drugs inside the car. She also said she had swallowed heroin. She was taken to the hospital.

Detectives searched the car and found evidence linking it to the Edgewood burglary. They also found a stolen handgun and stolen stolen mail from as many as 200 victims in Pierce and King Counties, according to police.

Police also found evidence that the man used a fake ID to buy a car in Federal Way. The man, who has not been identified, was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property, identity theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Detectives are now trying to track down the owners of the stolen property.