ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- You always think identity theft can't happen to you, but a recent case hit close to home here at News 4.
Two years ago, Investigative Reporter Chris Nagus lost his wallet to a thief. The culprits rang up thousands of dollars on his credit card and stole his driver's license.
In May a Fairview Heights, Illinois police officer stopped the driver of a U-Haul for suspicion of theft. According to dash cam video provided by the police department, the male passenger in the U-Haul provided a driver's license belonging to Chris Nagus.
On tape the officer says, "listen man you gave me this, you know this guy is on the news, right?"
The male passenger tells the officer he provided the wrong ID, leading the officer to ask why he was in possession of Nagus' stolen license. The man, who admits his real name is Mark Abercrombie, told the officer, "He used to report on one of my shows that I have, cause I do talent shows."
Abercrombie was arrested on outstanding warrants, the ID was confiscated and returned to Nagus.
The original theft occurred in Chesterfield, but police don't think Abercrombie was responsible for taking Nagus' ID two years ago.
Sgt Keith Rider said, "It would be interesting to talk to that individual. My guess it went through several hands before it got to his."
Cases involving stolen driver's licenses can be cause for concern according to Rod Griffin, the senior director of consumer education at Experian, one of the big three credit reporting agencies.
“There's a huge market for stolen identities" he said. "They may use it to try and open new credit accounts. Or they may use it to commit government document fraud which is actually the most reported fraud vs credit fraud which surprises people."
Griffin recommends anyone that loses their ID start a paper trail. They should also report the theft to credit reporting agencies like Experian.
Sgt. Rider with the Chesterfield Police said thieves sometimes throw out a driver’s license and can often be more interested in the cash and credit cards. He thought it was unusual that Nagus actually got his ID back, and said, "I believe it is. When you told me you got it back two years later that someone still had it in their wallet."
News 4 attempted to reach Abercrombie at the address he provided police, but nobody answered the door.