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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A restaurant server was confronted with the woman accused of stealing her identity.

Lakewood police say we can all learn a lesson from what happened next.

Brianna Priddy's wallet was stolen on Feb. 13 during a night out with friends.

On Feb. 25, a customer came to the Applebee's on the 10600 block of West Colfax in Lakewood where Priddy works as a server.

At first, they looked like any other customers but Priddy soon learned who they really were.

"Four people come in, walk in, sit down. They start ordering drinks. This girl hands me my ID as a fake ID," Priddy said.

It had been a rough couple of weeks for Priddy.

"My wallet was stolen. It was a pain in the butt," Priddy said.

They took her cash, credit cards, and worst of all her driver's license.

Someone was using her identity, writing hundreds of dollars in bad checks.

Now that someone, was sitting in Priddy's section.

"But I didn't say anything. I handed it back to her and said sure I'll be right back with your margarita. [I] went straight to the phone, called the cops," Priddy said.

Priddy acted like nothing was wrong.

"I put on my server smile and tried to take care of them, but I was shaking like crazy," Priddy said.

Lakewood police arrived in minutes.

Police spokesman Steve Davis cannot release the name of the woman they arrested because the investigation is ongoing.

"Dumb criminal! That's the first [word] that comes to mind," Davis said. "We found some narcotics in this woman's possession, so she's in quite a bit of hot water."

Davis says the case is among the most unusual coincidences he's ever encountered in more than 30 years of law enforcement.

Even more bizarre, Davis says, is that the suspect is 26 and more than old enough to buy a drink with her own ID.

The woman accused of using Priddy's stolen ID faces felony charges including theft, identity theft, and criminal impersonation.

Police say she was also selling drugs and faces even more charges in that investigation.

"You don't hand somebody their own ID as a fake," Priddy said.

Priddy has her license again and she also has quite a story for her customers. "I am the .00001 percent that it happens to," Priddy said.

Priddy says the suspect doesn't even look like her, so that stolen ID wouldn't have gotten her very far.

(KUSA-TV, Denver)

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