SAN ANTONIO -

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with what San Antonio police suspect is a phony ID operation.

Douglas Ewert was arrested Sunday on a list of charges, including theft, credit card abuse, fraudulent use of identifying information and forgery.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the manager of a storage facility called police on Jan. 19, saying she noticed an unusual odor coming from a unit that had been rented a few days prior.

San Antonio police said they immediately discovered that the unit had been rented by Ewert using an ID card that bore the name of a dead man, the affidavit stated.

Detectives already were familiar with Ewert and were able to identify him in surveillance video from the business, the affidavit stated.

Once officers looked inside the storage unit, they said they found a laminating machine and other items often used to make fraudulent ID cards, as well as some property that had been stolen from another unit, the affidavit stated.  

Ewert was booked into the Bexar County Jail with bonds totaling $175,000.

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