Update on tractor theft

RCMP

On July 14 members of the Coronation and Stettler RCMP Detachments executed a search warrant at a property located in Halkirk.

The search resulted in the seizure of numerous stolen items from various locations in Central Alberta including Trochu, Stettler and Lacombe. Located were a John Deere ‘gator’ (side-by-side ATV), two Seadoo’s, a tractor roto tiller, a trailer and other smaller items.

Jesse McLeod (34) and Jacqueline Hinse (18) face charges including trafficking of stolen property, possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property.

Both are due back in court in Stettler in the near future.

In keeping with the previous media release, McLeod and Hinse had attempted to sell stolen property online using various websites.

The RCMP urges online shoppers to be aware of the potential of inadvertently purchasing something that may have been obtained by crime.

Suspicious male

On July 15 police received a report of a suspicious male who appeared to be trying to steal a Ford truck in Stettler.

Stettler RCMP members attended the location and spoke with a number of people who had observed the male and obtained a description of him.

During their patrols, officers located the male, Dustin Finlay, who was ultimately arrested on seven outstanding warrants.

A search of the male linked him to a variety of other offences including possession of stolen property, possession of break-in tools, theft of gasoline and mischief.

He was also linked to offences from Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House.

Finlay (26) was brought before a Justice and remanded into custody to attend court in Stettler on July 28, 2016.

Fraud scams

Wainwright RCMP are again warning residents to be cautious of telephone fraud scams.

In particular the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam.  This scam involves one or several persons who contact individuals by phone claiming to be from the CRA and stating that due to tax errors, a warrant for arrest has been issued.

In order to correct this tax error, the victims are told that the CRA has worked out a deal with iTunes so that a safe and secure debt settlement can occur through the purchase of iTunes gift cards.

It should be noted that these suspects are able to have phone numbers associated to the CRA, the RCMP and other government organizations appear on caller display.

If contacted by a person or persons claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency, please to do not comply with any requests unless you have received official written correspondence.

Keep in mind, under no circumstance will the Government of Canada or the CRA request payment through the purchase and transfer of gift cards.

If contacted, note the phone number on your call display and contact the CRA from officially listed numbers on their website to confirm the legitimacy of the call, or contact your local police service.

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