Albertan police have recovered a large stash of stolen items from break-and-enters that took place across British Columbia and Alberta over the past several years. The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is now hoping to return these items to their rightful owners.
The EPS stated in a news release issued today (June 11) that on January 25, Edmonton police stopped a 2017 Ford U-Haul cube van which was determined to be rented with the use of stolen identity documents in Innisfail, Alberta.
Officers found break-and-enter tools and recovered a large amount of allegedly fraudulent documents and stolen property, including mail, credit cards, financial documents, and forged or stolen identity documents such as driver’s licenses and social insurance cards.
Innisfail RCMP and the Calgary Police Service also recovered a second vehicle reportedly stolen with identity theft in Innisfail.
Consequently, three suspects were arrested.
Investigators believe the individuals committed several crimes from late 2016 to early 2019, starting in the Lower Mainland and moving across southern British Columbia and southern Alberta before they were arrested in Edmonton.
The recovered personal items may belong to citizens from numerous communities across B.C. and Alberta, including (but not limited to) Squamish, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Vancouver, Okotoks, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Items recovered include jewelry, specialty spoons, comic books, stamps, a sculpture, and a camera. While some recovered items have been returned to their owners, others remain unclaimed.
A total of 130 charges were laid in connection with the January 25 arrest against 30-year-old Jennilee Weiler, 32-year-old Jason Fletcher, and 37-year-old Adam Laderoute.
Charges include possession of dangerous weapons, possession of stolen credit cards and property, possession of identity information, theft of a motor vehicle, and fraud over $5,000.
Weiler was also arrested for 45 outstanding warrants from B.C. and Alberta, including theft, break-and-enter, mischief, and possession of a stolen vehicle over $5,000.
According to a Squamish RCMP news release from July 2018, Weiler was one of two suspects connected to over seven break-and-enters in Squamish and across B.C. (in addition to Alberta and Saskatchewan) between 2014 and 2016. While Squamish RCMP arrested 38-year-old Kevin Caron of Surrey on July 19, 2018, Weiler, who was his co-accused, was believed to be hiding out in Alberta.
The EPS released photos of some of the items while a full gallery of photos can be found on the EPS Pinterest webpage. Anyone who believes any of the items belong to them can contact the EPS by email.