A sampling of the stolen items recovered by Edmonton police on Jan. 25, 2019. (Edmonton Police Service photos)

Edmonton police seek owners of items possibly stolen in Lower Mainland

Three people are facing a total of 130 charges after being arrested in Edmonton on Jan. 25

Edmonton police are looking to reunite some recently recovered items with their rightful owners, who may live in the Lower Mainland.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 25, officers with the Edmonton Police Service’s specialized traffic apprehension team (STAT) conducted a vehicle stop in the area of 118th Avenue and 103rd Street, according to a release to media. Police determined the vehicle, a 2017 Ford U-Haul cube van, had been stolen after it was reportedly rented in Innisfail, Alta. using stolen identity documents.

Officers recovered a large quantity of allegedly fraudulent documents and stolen property, including mail, financial documents, credit cards, forged identity documents and stolen identity documents such as driver’s licences and social insurance cards. Investigators also recovered break-and-enter tools.

With the assistance of Innisfail RCMP and the Calgary Police Service, a second vehicle that was reportedly stolen by way of identity theft in Calgary was also recovered in Innisfail.

Investigators believe the individuals committed a series of crimes across British Columbia and Alberta from late 2016 to early 2019, beginning in the Lower Mainland and moving through the southern Interior of B.C. and southern Alberta until they were arrested in Edmonton.

As a result, the personal items recovered may belong to citizens from several communities in either province, including (but not limited to) Squamish, Surrey, Delta, Langley and Vancouver in B.C., and Okotoks, Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta.

SEE ALSO: Delta police looking for owner of eight-foot totem pole, other stolen items

Among the recovered personal items were numerous pieces of jewelry, specialty spoons, comic books, stamps and a camera. Police believe that these items, along with many of the recovered identity and financial documents, were stolen during break-and-enters or thefts from vehicles.

The release states that often, only a small number of items stolen during these crimes are listed as stolen. While some recovered items have been returned to their owners, several remain unclaimed.

“Discovering large quantities of stolen or forged identity and financial documents in the course of conducting stolen property investigations is unfortunately becoming increasingly common,” Const. Brendan Power with STAT said in a press release. “Often citizens may be unaware that their identity documents are being used to commit crimes, including frauds and thefts.”

Police remind the public to keep their identity and financial documents in a secure location and avoid leaving them — or any other valuables — in their vehicles. In addition, if you’re the victim of a break-and-enter, theft-from-vehicle, or if your government identification is otherwise lost or stolen, report it to police as soon as possible.

“Unfortunately, these documents are frequently not reported missing or stolen to police,” Power said. “Reporting can significantly reduce the time it takes to return these documents and other property to their rightful owners.”

Investigators have posted photos of the recovered items to the EPS’s Pinterest page in hopes the original owners will come forward and claim them. Anyone who believes the stolen property may belong to them is encouraged to email epspinterest@edmontonpolice.ca.

Following a thorough investigation, 130 charges were laid in relation to the Jan. 25 arrests.

Jennilee Weiler, 30, was issued 47 charges including possessing stolen credit cards, obtaining/possessing identity information, possessing stolen property and possessing an offensive weapon dangerous to the public. Weiler was also arrested on 45 outstanding warrants from Alberta and British Columbia, including theft, break-and-enter, mischief, vehicle identification number (VIN) tampering and possessing a stolen vehicle over $5,000.

Jason Fletcher, 32, was issued 45 charges including making/possessing identity documents, obtaining/possessing identity information, possessing stolen credit cards, theft of motor vehicle and fraud over $5,000.

Adam Laderoute, 37, was issued 38 charges including making/possessing identity documents, possessing stolen credit cards, possessing stolen property, obtaining/possessing identity information and possessing an offensive weapon dangerous to the public.



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

Surrey councillors wary of ‘streamlining’ environmental development permits process

Mayor Doug McCallum notes B.C. government only agency that can issue environment permit

Oh baby, what a birthday gift: $2.8M raised to help Surrey boy with rare disease

‘We are very thankful to everybody,’ Aryan Deol’s father says

City buys century-old East Delta church

St. Stephen’s Church to be renovated and restored, used as community services and programming space

COVID-19 exposure at Surrey rave prompts warning from Fraser Health

Party was held at Royal Beauty Supply in Whalley

Man charged with manslaughter in Surrey woman’s death

Duncan Ryan McCabe, 47, is charged with manslaughter in June 2, 2020 death of Karlee May Dixon, 40, of Surrey

B.C. records 30-50 new COVID-19 cases a day over weekend, no new deaths

Many of those testing positive were identified by contact tracing for being linked to other confirmed infections

Five B.C. First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

Salmon arrive in larger numbers at Big Bar landslide

Arrival follows historic hihg-water levels that halted migration runs

Rent-relief program becomes new front in fight between Liberals, opposition

Opposition trying to draw parallels between decision to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. run program and the WE controversy

Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1% for EI calculation

Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate was 10.9 per cent in July

$45K in donations received after couple’s sudden death in Tulameen

Sarah MacDermid, 31, and Casey Bussiere, 37, died August long weekend

Famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer brings movements of joy to Long Beach

Internet-famous dancer is exploring Vancouver Island, visiting the B.C. Legislature and more

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

‘Forest Defenders’ occupy road to prevent logging company from reaching Port Renfrew-area watershed

Most Read