RCMP arrest two for theft from vehicles

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March 3, 2015 8:15 AM

Two Lloydminster men remain in custody awaiting their court date after being arrested in connection to a series of thefts from vehicles.

On Feb. 25 at around 4 a.m., police received a call regarding two men looking for unlocked vehicles near 28 Street and 67A Avenue.

“They (were) walking up to every vehicle they see pulling on the door handle to find if it’s locked or not,” said RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger. “If it’s locked, they’ll go on to the next vehicle, if not, they’ll just go in a rummage through the vehicle to see what they can find.”

Police arrived on the scene shortly after being alerted, and with the help of police dogs both men were tracked and arrested. Kirzinger says the pair allegedly attempted to open nearly 200 vehicles before they were caught.

Two men, ages 18 and 21, both from Lloydminster, are facing multiple charges. These include possession of stolen property, theft under $5,000, resisting arrest and failing to comply with conditions. Neither have faced the charges in court.

Police have been going door-to-door in the area of the auto thefts asking homeowners if anything is missing or stolen from their vehicles. Kirzinger says so far the response from the populace has been helpful.

“We have had some reports. We still encourage people to (come forward).” he said. “We want to thank the public for their assistance with the file and for bringing forward the information.”

The two men had their hearings before a justice of the peace on Feb. 25. Neither of them spoke to bail, meaning they will remain in custody until March 3, when they are due to appear in Alberta provincial court.

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