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If you have any information about these thefts or any crime, call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

A man has been caught on camera using a debit card that was stolen from a home on Sept. 12.

The man made two purchases with the card at a Petro Canada gas station at the corner of Hebert Road and St. Albert Trail. The debit card had been stolen earlier that day after someone broke into a home on Goodridge Drive.

He used the card around 7:30 a.m. and was able to purchase items because the card had a “tap and pay” feature enabled.

The man is described as a Caucasian in his late 40s or early 50s. He is of medium build, and was wearing a black leather jacket, a blue sweater and a Seattle Seahawks ball cap. He also had a visible injury underneath his right eye.

The RCMP has received several complaints of thieves stealing items from cars, including tires, rims, licence plates and RV batteries.

Many neighbourhoods are affected by these crimes but the majority of thefts of batteries took place in the Deer Ridge and Woodlands neighbourhoods. Nine batteries were stolen from RVs parked in driveways.

Between Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, RCMP also received two complaints of tires and rims taken off vehicles, and two complaints of stolen licence plates.

A man was seen on LaFleur Drive on Sept. 18 around 10:40 a.m. while trying to steal batteries from an RV. He was scared off when the owner of the trailer came outside.

The man is described as a Caucasian in his 30s, around five-foot-eight, wearing a black ball cap and black clothing. He drove an older, burgundy SUV with a British Columbia licence plate.

Police are looking for a young man and woman who stole two bottles of liquor from Liquorama. The theft at the St. Albert Trail store took place around 9 p.m. on Sept. 23.

The two people entered the store, took the bottles and then left on foot walking in the direction of the Rivercrest Crescent apartment buildings. They were caught on security camera.

The man wore a black hoody with baggy blue jeans. The woman had long brown hair with a bad complexion and glasses. She also wore a white headband and a grey shirt. Both were described as being around 18 years old.

A father reunited his daughter with her bike, after he recognized the bicycle in a Gazette article about stolen bikes stored at the St. Albert RCMP station. He took his daughter to the detachment and her key opened the lock on the bike.

The RCMP wants to remind the owners of other bicycles that have been stolen or gone missing to leave a description of their property with the detachment. Otherwise, the bicycles stored there will soon go to auction.

Police also ask that residents record their bicycle’s serial number. The RCMP is not able to identify and return stolen property without knowing the number or a unique marking.

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