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Identity theft unit hopes to stem increase in crimes

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Identity theft is on the rise in the Mid-South, but a new investigative unit is taking aim at the problem and is out to catch the crooks. Identity theft is on the rise in the Mid-South, but a new investigative unit is taking aim at the problem and is out to catch the crooks.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Identity theft is on the rise in the Mid-South, but a new investigative unit is taking aim at the problem and is out to catch the crooks.

Investigators say a pair of crooks recently used a stolen credit card to buy several thousand dollars of merchandise at a Memphis department store. CrimeStoppers is offering a reward if they're arrested, but identity theft cases are often extremely tough for local law enforcement to crack.

Former Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin is now deputy director of safety and homeland security for Tennessee.

He says ID theft is such a growing problem in Tennessee that Gov. Bill Haslam specifically asked for the creation of a new identity theft crimes unit.

The identity crimes unit will be compromised of 14 workers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver Services Division along with federal partners like the Secret Service and the FBI.

"Our goal is simple and that is to try to work with municipalities who run into roadblocks with jurisdictional issues," Godwin said.

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