The St. Albert RCMP is asking for the public’s help in investigating several thefts from vehicles in school parking lots this month, possibly involving a U-Haul cube van.
On Feb. 17 at about 10:30 a.m., police got a report of a suspicious U-Haul vehicle parked on the street in the Northridge area overnight. Initial RCMP checks revealed nothing amiss, but police later determined the vehicle had been stolen from Edmonton.
Later that evening between 6:25 p.m. and 8:25 p.m., someone stole a wallet from a car in the J.J. Nearing school parking lot on Deer Ridge Drive. The wallet had money, credit cards and ID cards inside.
Two days later on Feb. 19 between 8 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., a Ford Econoline work van parked at Bellerose High School on Giroux Road had its driver-side door lock broken and a Toshiba laptop was stolen from inside the van.
Later that morning, at around 10 a.m., a man smashed the window of a Jeep Patriot in the J.J. Nearing school parking lot and stole some items from within it. This man arrived at the parking lot in a U-Haul van, which police say may indicate that all of these thefts are related.
Police are looking for the culprit(s) responsible for a smash-and-grab at a business along St. Albert Trail near downtown last month.
On Jan. 25, someone broke into the Herbal Magic store near the 7-Eleven. The front door was found smashed, and someone had stolen the cash register filled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, or they can report tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.