On Feb. 2, Lloydminser RCMP recovered a U-Haul filled with various stolen goods, including the kitchen sink.
“How often can you can actually say numerous items were stolen ,including the kitchen sink?” RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger said.
On Feb. 2 at around 6:30 p.m., police received a call regarding a gas-and-near 50 Avenue and 18 Street, involving a U-Haul van towing a travel trailer. A gas station attendant helped police locate the van after it had left the gas station.
At around 7 p.m., police found the van in a business parking lot on the outskirts of town near 77 Avenue and 44 Street.
While investigating, police found that the U-Haul was full of stolen property and the trailer it was towing was stolen as well. Amongst the stolen goods were brand-name jackets, clothing and tool cabinets. Police say the approximate value of the combined goods is $50,000.
“The investigation is ongoing to determine the exact quantity and cost of tall the items involved,” Kirzinger said. “A lot of the clothing had the security tags on them, they were just broken in half, implying that somebody snapped them off so they could walk out of the store with them without them buzzing and beeping.”
Three people are in police custody with charges pending. They are a 40-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, both from Edmonton, as well as a 45-year-old Grande Prairie woman.
Police are asking businesses in Sherwood Park, Lloydminster, Saskatoon and Edmonton to check stock levels and security video from Feb. 1 and 2 for any anomalies.
“The RCMP has reason to believe in information that would lend us to investigate in those cities,” Kirzinger said. “Investigators are still looking into where the products are from, how they were obtained, who they would be for.”