On Wednesday, June 27 at approximately 8:00 am, Airdrie Rural RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious U-Haul van parked along Big Hill Springs Road just west of Range Road 13. The caller believed that the occupants of the vehicle may have been casing out his property. RCMP officers attended and found the three occupants of the U-Haul van making attempts to scrape off the U-Haul decals from the van. Officers could also see numerous break-in tools and pieces of mail strewn about the van. All three occupants of the vehicle were arrested without incident.
A further search of the van yielded numerous break-in tools, firearms, ammunition, drugs, stolen identification, stolen mail, stolen cheques, and equipment that could be used to forge fraudulent documents.
“A concerned citizen, taking the time to call in what they believed to be a suspicious vehicle, has resulted in the solving of over 40 crimes committed throughout Rocky View County, Airdrie, Calgary, Chestermere, and Okotoks,” stated Cst. Dan Martin, Media Relations Officer – Airdrie RCMP. “The Airdrie RCMP rely on community members to help Police with crime prevention and crime reduction. This is a perfect example of the community working with Police to fight crime.”
A 29-year-old male and a 23-year-old female from Calgary as well as a 19-year-old female from Edmonton are now all facing 94 charges each. Some of the charges they are facing include:
· Possession of stolen property over $5000
· Possession of stolen property under $5000 (numerous identification cards and documents)
· Possession of a controlled substance
· Theft of mail
· Firearm in a motor vehicle
· Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
· Possession of a loaded firearm
· Possession of break-in instruments
All three individuals are still in custody awaiting a hearing before a Justice of the Peace.
If you have information about this incident, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).