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Picture Butte RCMP – Search warrants result in large recovery of stolen property

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Sunny South News

RCMP from the Picture Butte Detachment have laid charges after two search warrants turned up $150,000 of stolen property.

On Mar. 2 and 9, Picture Butte RCMP executed two Criminal Code search warrants. One at Diamond City and the other near Turin. These search warrants resulted in the recovery of approximately $150,000 worth of stolen property. The items seized included various machine tools, construction materials and fuel. Investigators believe this property was stolen from various locations in southern Alberta.

Picture Butte Detachment is in the process of identifying potential owners of this recovered property and returning it.

A 39-year-old man from Diamond City and a 27-year-old man from Lethbridge County have been charged with Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000. Both men have been released from custody. One of the men is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court Mar. 28. The other man is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court Apr. 26.

“This is a pretty significant seizure for our community,” said Sgt. Tom Howell, Picture Butte RCMP Detachment commander, in a recent media release.

“We welcome the public’s help in solving property crimes. If you see suspicious people or vehicles, call us and let us know as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Citizens can help to reduce property crimes by making sure vehicles and buildings are locked and valuables secured. The RCMP would like anyone with information on person(s) responsible for these and other crimes to contact their nearest RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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