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St. Albert RCMP find stolen pistol during midnight patrol

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Saturday, Jun 21, 2014 06:00 am

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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.


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