Over the course of the last two weeks, Lloydminster RCMP have recovered about $20,000 worth of stolen goods, $7,000 in illegal drugs, $2,500 cash and 10 guns. The operation resulted in 60 charges being laid against five people.
“Being able to seize the quantity of firearms that we did, the cash, the drugs and the stolen property is a big thing for the city,” RMCP Const. Grant Kirzinger said. “We’re very pleased that we’re able to take illegal firearms off the street, that will provide a safer community for everyone to live in. Removing drugs off the street is always a positive thing.”
Kirzinger says the material was seized over the course of 10 days and is the result of multiple investigations, including one that led to the recovery of a stolen snowmobile.
“The seizures ... are from different files and different investigations,” he said. “At times there may be links between the people involved, however, these are treated as individual instances. They’re all from different files, investigations, warrants, traffic stops.”
Kirzinger says the successful seizures were the result of new crime-reduction strategies the RCMP begun turning to. These strategies include implementing a property crime section, which focuses on crimes like theft and break and enters.
The RCMP is also in the process of hiring a crime analyst.
“That person will help us focus our attention on the individuals that need it, the areas of town that have the higher incidents or reported incidents of these types of crime happening,” he said. “The crime analyst will be stationed here in the detachment to work closely with us. The hope and the goal for that position is to start as soon as possible.”
Kirzinger says it is encouraging that the new strategies have resulted in the recovery of stolen goods and contraband, and that these strategies will continue to be used in the future.
“I am confident that through our crime reduction strategies that more seizures and enforcement of the like will come,” he said. “These do take time and resources to implement, but (it’s) with the commitment we have all the way from our inspector to the individuals in the city, that these are becoming a reality.”
And one lucky Lloydminsterite will be getting their snowmobile back.