String of parkade break and enters across the region

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Edmonton Police and St. Albert RCMP are looking for help to locate suspects involved in a rash of parkade break and enters in the area.

On Tuesday, EPS released photos of three suspects believed to be involved in a string of parkade break and enters in condo parkades.

The police say that since October EPS and the RCMP have had multiple reports of parkade break and enters across St. Albert, Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Beaumont and Leduc.

“The suspects use a variety of means to access parkades, including tools to pry or smash the garage doors open. Once inside, the thieves are targeting vehicles left unlocked, some with valuables inside and storage lockers with their contents. In some cases, the suspects are driving away with residents’ vehicles,” the police said in a release.

Police have released photos of two men and one woman believed to be involved in the crimes.

The police say the best way to keep your vehicle safe is to always wait for the door to close when exiting or entering an apartment or condo parkade and to keep an eye out for anyone sneaking into the building.

The police recommend always keeping vehicles locked to discourage thieves from entering and searching through the glove box and they say never to leave anything in view.

The police also suggest not storing registration and insurance in the car but to always carry it with you. They say it will protect against identity theft.

While in parkades police say to always be aware of personal safety. They say that if faced with an uncomfortable or dangerous situation, leave the parkade and seek assistance.

Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4550 or the EPS at 780-423-4567. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.