Rash of vehicle thefts
The St. Albert RCMP is warning vehicle owners to lock idling vehicles after three vehicles were stolen within an hour and a half.
A thief or thieves attempted to steal a fourth vehicle but were unsuccessful.
All of the vehicles were left unlocked and idling while they were warming up.
On Tuesday at around 8 a.m. an idling and unlocked 2006 grey Mazda car was stolen from the Ridgewood Terrace area of St. Albert. The vehicle was recovered the same day.
About 30 minutes later, around 8:30 a.m., an idling and unlocked 2004 Ford Freestar van was almost stolen from Marion Crescent in St. Albert. The thief took the key and then dropped it in the snow near the vehicle.
Ten minutes later at 8:40 a.m. an idling and unlocked dark green Dodge Caravan was stolen from the Greenfield Estates area. The vehicle was recovered the same day.
A third vehicle was stolen at 9:25 a.m. when a 2010 silver Chevrolet Cobalt car was stolen from the Grandin Village area. The car was left idling and unlocked and was recovered the same day.
While RCMP officers were investigating the theft at Greenfield Estates they recovered a black Nissan Pathfinder, which had been stolen the day before. The SUV was taken from the Servus Place parking lot at around 9 p.m. on the night of Monday Feb. 12. The locker that was being used by the owner was broken into and the vehicle keys were taken. Although the vehicle was recovered by the RCMP it had been damaged.
Cpl. Laurel Kading, spokesperson for the St. Albert RCMP is warning the public to never leave an idling vehicle unlocked.
“Crime prevention is a shared responsibility and members of the community are reminded of their role in preventing criminal activity,” Kading said. ” Never leave running vehicles unlocked. Nearly half of the vehicle thefts in Alberta over the past year have had the keys left inside, thereby making it easier for criminals to steal them.”
Fraudster strikes St. Albert
The St. Albert RCMP are warning the public after a woman cashed an altered Revenue Canada cheque in St. Albert. The woman has also committed the same crime in other parts of the province.
Stolen property recovered
On Tuesday, Feb. 13 at around 4:30 a.m. the St. Albert RCMP were patrolling the Riel Industrial Park and found an acetylene torch, a STIHL weed wacker and a Makita Mac 700 compressor.
The weed wacker has a word written on it in a marker and the RCMP are looking for the rightful owner to identify this property by describing this word.
Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.tipsubmit.com.