St. Albert RCMP find stolen pistol during midnight patrol
Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 06:00 am
A routine patrol last Saturday led to St. Albert RCMP recovering a loaded .45-calibre pistol that had been stolen out of Prince Albert, Sask.
Around 12:30 a.m. on June 14, a St. Albert RCMP officer was patrolling the Riel Business Park when he saw a white Lexus turning east on Rayborn Crescent.
Curious as to why the vehicle was in such a remote location when all the businesses were closed, the officer investigated and found the vehicle parked in the back corner of a private lot on Rayborn Crescent.
When approached, the three men inside the vehicle – all residents of Edmonton – said they were just there to "smoke" and "hang out.”
Upon searching, officers found a loaded Hi-Point, .45-calibre pistol wrapped in a towel by the driver’s side door of the Lexus. Police checks revealed the firearm was stolen.
"This is a great example of the solid police work that is happening regularly in St. Albert. I am very happy to see a dangerous weapon taken off the street and steps will be taken to return it to its rightful owner,” said detachment head Insp. Kevin Murray in a release.
The identities of the men have not being released since police are still investigating. No charges have been laid.
The gun was seized and is now in police storage.