Media Releases http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases.aspx Below is a listing of all EPS news releases. These releases are available for three months from the date of posting. <br /><br />To contact the EPS Corporate Communications, please phone (780) 421-3551. en 23 Mar 2017 22:09:49 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2016, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. EPS and ETS work together to suppress drug trafficking on LRT line http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/LRTBEATSopderailmentmar23.aspx A recent Edmonton Police Service operation focusing on crime along the LRT line resulted in 135 criminal charges against 40 individuals in relation to drug trafficking offenses. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;<em>Operation Derailment&rdquo;</em> was the first of its kind, targeting street-level drug trafficking in and around Edmonton&rsquo;s LRT Stations,&rdquo; says Sgt. Jacob Montgomery of the EPS LRT Beat Team. &nbsp;&ldquo;EPS and ETS are committed to ensuring the safety and security of Edmonton&rsquo;s transit ridership, and will continue to suppress drug-related crimes, and the associated violence.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service LRT Beat Team and ALERT&rsquo;s Drug Undercover Street Team, in collaboration with ETS, conducted a number of investigations throughout late 2016 into early 2017 with efforts to supress street-level drug trafficking. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Since its recent conclusion, a total of 135 criminal charges were laid &ndash; the majority of which were drug trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime charges. In addition, 17 criminal warrants and two Bylaw warrants were executed. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The majority of the accused had extensive criminal records for crimes such as robbery, break and enter, weapons offenses and violence,&rdquo; says Sgt. Jacob Montgomery.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Out of the 40 individuals charged, 35 were male and five were female. The average age of the accused was approximately 28 years old &ndash; 16 being the youngest and 43 being the oldest. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>A total of 17.93 grams of methamphetamine, 1.25 grams of crack cocaine, as well as buprenorphine pills were seized throughout the course of the operation. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The LRT Beat Team program began in July of 2015 and consists of one sergeant and eight constables. The team patrols the LRT and its stations, and the various communities surrounding the stations. &nbsp;</span></p> 23 Mar 2017 17:02:13 UT Gift cards make great presents, but you cannot pay your taxes with them http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Giftcardsmakegreatpresentsbutyoucannotpayyourtaxeswiththem.aspx As part of Fraud Prevention Month, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is advising citizens to ignore calls from fraudsters posing as government officials who demand payment of taxes with retail gift cards. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 304px;" src="~/media/EBA5A506CDCE4FA0B7DE2F531AB6B749.ashx?h=304&amp;w=450" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax fraud involves individuals being contacted by telephone, text, email, or letter by someone claiming they are with the CRA or RCMP.&nbsp; The fraudsters either request personal or financial information for a refund, or demand payment of back taxes with prepaid credit cards or gift cards.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The callers start off sounding courteous and official, but quickly become aggressive and intimidating.&nbsp; Individuals are threatened with legal action, arrest warrants, criminal charges, deportation, seizure of property,&nbsp;or suspension of wages&nbsp;and bank accounts for not complying.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Fraudsters provide legitimate-looking phone numbers and email addresses for the agencies they claim to represent, so you can confirm the information for yourself.&nbsp; But, these are &lsquo;spoofed&rsquo; and just redirect victims back to the fraudsters.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 297px;" src="~/media/46765411A2EF4B78825E7B1ED422B74B.ashx?h=297&amp;w=450" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;These calls can be confusing and overwhelming, so fraudsters tend to succeed with those who aren&rsquo;t thinking clearly, don&rsquo;t understand the tax process, or are the most vulnerable,&rdquo; says Det. Linda Herczeg with the EPS Economic Crimes Section.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;They profile you psychologically during the conversation and look for&nbsp;ways to manipulate you.&nbsp; Their strategy is to keep you on the phone and under pressure, so you don&rsquo;t question why your taxes need to be paid with $2,500 in music gift cards.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>In Edmonton last year, there were approximately 187 victims who came forward to police and reported losing $625,582 to CRA frauds. &nbsp;The victims came from a variety of backgrounds and ranged in age from 20 to 90 years old.&nbsp; Their losses ranged from $100 to $72,000, but some individuals were victims of identity theft as well. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Victims are typically directed to purchase gift cards at specific retailers that do not ask too many questions.&nbsp; The gift cards are often in large denominations and quantities.&nbsp; Once the cards are activated, victims are asked to remove the security stickers and provide the identification numbers to fraudsters, who then sell the numbers on the black market. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 420px;" src="~/media/B0FEB954F66145B7A12AF1FC4AB4B9ED.ashx?h=420&amp;w=450" />&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>To reduce these kinds of frauds, retailers such as Walmart have implemented new processes for the purchase of gift cards, trained staff to look out for frauds, and posted CRA fraud awareness signage at gift card kiosks.&nbsp; Alert cashiers have even intervened with distraught customers who were attempting to purchase thousands of dollars&nbsp;in gift cards.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Jennifer Forster, Manager of the Walmart Windermere Supercentre, says, &ldquo;Our customers are number one, so we&rsquo;ve taken steps to protect them from fraud.&nbsp; But quite simply, we talk to our customers to ensure they are making the right purchase and are satisfied when they leave.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: red;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>CRA fraud continues to be prevalent across the country and Canadians reported losing approximately $4.3 million to the scam in 2016. &nbsp;For this reason, the CRA has created posters for retailers to place on gift card kiosks to help the public understand CRA frauds and avoid a costly mistake.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The CRA does not accept payment in gift cards, CRA agents will never try to keep you on the phone for long periods of time, and the CRA will never threaten to arrest you or send police,&rdquo; adds TJ Madigan, Edmonton Communications Manager, Canada Revenue Agency.&nbsp; &ldquo;Understanding how the CRA really operates is a good way to protect yourself against fraud especially during tax season.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 450px; height: 544px;" src="~/media/A5D820072AF541D28269770D88513F0A.ashx?h=544&amp;w=450" /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>How to avoid CRA fraud:</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Hang up the phone or delete the email, the CRA does not work this way.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Do not provide any personal or financial information to callers.&nbsp; Be careful what links you click on in emails, and do not share user IDs or passwords.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Contact the <a href="http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html">Canada Revenue Agency</a> directly if you have concerns or to check on the status of your account by calling 1-800-959-8281 or checking <a href="http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/myaccount/">My Account</a>.&nbsp; </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Never use pre-paid gift / credit cards, money transfers, or deposits to unknown bank accounts to pay the CRA.&nbsp; Follow established CRA policies regarding assessments and payments.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Choose a reputable accountant or someone you can trust if you require assistance with your tax return.&nbsp; After you review and file your return, make sure you receive your CRA assessment.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Monitor your mail delivery, and follow up on missing statements or unfamiliar transactions.&nbsp; Report lost or stolen mail immediately to <a href="https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/kb/details.page?article=how_to_contact_us_on&amp;cattype=kb&amp;cat=generalinquiries&amp;subcat=generalinformation">Canada Post</a> at 1-866-607-6301. </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Shred outdated tax returns and unwanted documents, or store them in a secure place.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Report suspicious activities and frauds to police immediately.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Const. Sean Milne with the RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Financial Integrity Unit, says, &ldquo;Police agencies continue to coordinate their efforts to shut down these criminal operations, and a raid of a criminal call centre in India in 2016 helped reduce the number of bogus calls.&nbsp; But the best way we can combat this fraud is to continue to share information with the most vulnerable in our community.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>CRA fraud prevention information and retail posters are available from the <a href="http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fraudprevention/">Canada Revenue Agency</a>.&nbsp; There are also a variety of fraud awareness resources and crime prevention tips available to the public from the <a href="http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/fraud-prevention-month">RCMP</a>, <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/crimeprevention">EPS</a>, <a href="http://www.servicealberta.ca/ConsumerTipsheets.cfm">Service Alberta</a>, <a href="http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/home">Competition Bureau</a>, <a href="http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm">Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre</a>, and <a href="http://www.scam-detector.com/">Scam Detector</a>.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <span>The Edmonton Police Service reminds citizens that fraud prevention is ongoing &ndash; we need to recognize it, report it, and stop it.&nbsp; If you are the victim of a fraud, or have knowledge of an economic crime, please contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.&nbsp; Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at <a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</a>.</span> 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 UT EPS specialized traffic team seizes firearms in parking lot altercation http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/EPSspecializedtrafficteamseizesfirearmsinparkinglotaltercation.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has arrested a male and a female in connection to an altercation during which the male allegedly brandished a rifle in a south Edmonton parking lot. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police responded to the complaint at a shopping complex near Calgary Trail and G.A. MacDonald Avenue at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017. <br /> <br /> It was reported to police that after the driver of a Ford truck threw a slurpee at a white Chevrolet Suburban, the driver of the Suburban allegedly pulled a rifle out of the vehicle and waved it in the air. The witness who reported the incident was not able to observe the license plate of either vehicle, and the suspect left the scene. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>A short time later, Specialized Traffic Apprehension Team (STAT) members located the Suburban and arrested the driver on an outstanding warrant.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of three knives, a loaded Winchester rifle, an unloaded SKS rifle, a prohibited SKS magazine, as well as several other rounds of ammunition. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The male driver, Stacey Aaron Trotter, 31, has been charged with 12 firearm related offences and&nbsp;a breach of recognizance. The female passenger, Jocelyn O&rsquo;Connor, 29, has been charged with eight firearm related offences and a breach of recognizance.<br /> <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Trotter and O&rsquo;Connor are awaiting a bail hearing.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>STAT is a specialized unit that patrols city-wide doing traffic enforcement and intercepting criminal activity on city streets, particularly drug trafficking and stolen vehicles. Their mandate is to improve community safety by supressing violence through traffic enforcement based interdiction activity.<br /> <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span> <br /> </span></p> 21 Mar 2017 22:07:37 UT Charge laid in pedestrian fatality http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/pedestrianfatalityne.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has charged a 51-year-old female in relation to a fatal collision that occurred last month. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Susan Power, 51</span></strong><span>, has been charged with </span><em><span>fail to yield to pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Background</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 police were called to a report of a collision that occurred between a vehicle and a pedestrian at approximately 10 p.m. in the area of 55 Street and 146 Avenue. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <span>EMS responded, treated and transported an 86-year-old female pedestrian to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. </span><span>This is Edmonton&rsquo;s second traffic fatality in 2017.</span> 17 Mar 2017 18:37:00 UT Canada wide warrants issued for two accused in fraudulent credit card scam http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/warrantsfraudfile.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has issued Canada wide warrants for two individuals who were arrested earlier this month for fraud. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The two suspects violated their release conditions on Sunday, March 12, 2017 when they boarded a plane at Vancouver Airport that was destined for Heathrow Airport. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Downtown Division with the assistance of Economic Crimes Section, continue to investigate a large-scale fraud involving several complainants, including financial institutions. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>In October 2016, Downtown Division received information from a police agency in Ontario that two suspects were believed to have connections in Edmonton. Through the investigation, the EPS confirmed the two suspects lived in Edmonton and they were connected to other fraud-related files.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Search warrants were executed on two residences and a vehicle in the downtown area on March 5 and March 6, 2017 and seized: </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>More than $20,000 worth of tablets and accessories. </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>More than 10,000 credit card applications. </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Identity documents that were in the process of being altered. </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Evidence of seven mailboxes around Alberta that were used in the commission of these crimes. </span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Vivek Shailesh Parekh, 32</span></strong><span>, was charged with <em>theft over $5,000, obtain/possess identity information(x2), made/possess identity documents, possess a forged or falsified credit card, fraud over $5,000, personation to gain advantage himself (x8), disguised (x3), possess stolen property over $5,000 </em>and<em> breach of recognizance (x4).<span>&nbsp; </span></em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Nidhi Nitnaware, 34</span></strong><span>, was charged with <em>fraud over $5,000, possess identity information, possess a forged or falsified credit card, personation to gain advantage herself (x3) </em>and<em> breach of recognizance (x4).</em>&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;These two suspects were legitimately employed to sell credit cards,&rdquo; says Staff Sgt. Brad Pearce with EPS Downtown Division Criminal Investigations Section. &ldquo;There was no way that citizens could have known this was connected to fraudulent activity. We&rsquo;re reminding everyone to check their accounts regularly and report suspicious activity to your financial institution.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>More charges are pending as the investigation continues. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police are releasing the photos of the accused as they are wanted on Canada wide warrants. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 320px; height: 400px;" src="~/media/28E1AACA16944876AC7D0E0349CCD7B0.ashx?h=400&amp;w=320" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Vivek Shailesh Parekh, 32</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>5&rsquo;9&rdquo; tall and 197 lbs </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 320px; height: 400px;" src="~/media/DE80AA2836EE4D5AA744C5BE803D09A6.ashx?h=400&amp;w=320" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Nidhi Nitnaware, 34</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>5&rsquo;3&rdquo; tall and 153 lbs</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these individuals is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong><span> </span></strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at <a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;"></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>How can you find out if your identity was stolen<br /> </span></strong><span>The best way to find out is to monitor your hard copy or on-line financial accounts frequently and to check your credit report regularly for any unusual activities. If you receive calls from collection agencies about unfamiliar accounts, or if you applied for credit and were unexpectedly turned down, you should investigate further.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">If you suspect or know that you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, or if you unwittingly provided personal information or financial information:</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="background: white; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 11.25pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Step 1</span></strong><span style="color: black;"> - Contact your bank/financial institution and credit card company</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="background: white; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 11.25pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Step 2</span></strong><span style="color: black;"> - Contact the two national credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your credit reports.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.equifax.com/home/en_ca"><span style="color: #990000;">Equifax Canada</span></a><br /> Toll free: 1-800-465-7166<br /> </span><span style="color: black;"><br /> <a href="http://www.transunion.ca/"><span style="color: #990000;">TransUnion Canada</span></a><br /> Toll free: 1-877-525-3823</span><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> </li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="background: white; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 11.25pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Step 3</span></strong><span style="color: black;"> - Always report identity theft and fraud. <a href="http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm"><span style="color: #990000;">Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre</span></a></span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>A variety of fraud awareness resources are available to the public from </span><a href="http://www.servicealberta.ca/ConsumerTipsheets.cfm"><span>Service Alberta</span></a><span>, the </span><a href="http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/home"><span>Competition Bureau</span></a><span>, the </span><a href="http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm"><span>Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre</span></a><span>, and </span><a href="http://www.scam-detector.com/"><span>Scam Detector</span></a><span>.&nbsp; For additional fraud and crime prevention tips, please visit </span><a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/crimeprevention"><span>www.edmontonpolice.ca/crimeprevention</span></a><span>. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> 17 Mar 2017 16:00:10 UT Police caution hotel managers and business owners, after rash of ATM machine thefts http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/atmthefts.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is cautioning hotels and other businesses that offer ATM services to customers to take steps to protect their machines, after several of the money machines were recently stolen. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Detectives are investigating several incidents involving the theft of ATM machines from area businesses, including hotels, which have occurred across the city. <br /> <br /> On March 7, 2017, two male suspects (see photos below) were attempting to steal an ATM machine from a hotel near 105 Avenue and 111 Street, when they were confronted by residents and fled the area on foot. <br /> <br /> On March 11, 2017, two male suspects (see photos below) are alleged to have broken into a game room at a hotel near 53 Avenue and Calgary Trail, and using a handcart to make off with the machine. Surveillance video shows the male suspects loading the ATM machine into a black, newer model Dodge Ram pick-up truck, which parked in an alley behind the hotel. The truck was being driven by a female accomplice with long, dark hair. <br /> <br /> On March 15, 2017, two male suspects broke into an ATM machine at a hotel near 76 Avenue and 45 Street. In each incident, the suspects made off with undisclosed amounts of cash. Investigators have yet to confirm whether the same suspects are responsible for all of the thefts. <br /> <br /> Additional thefts of ATM machines have also been reported in nearby communities, including Stony Plain and Fort Saskatchewan.<br /> <br /> Business managers and owners are encouraged to place their ATM machines in high traffic areas that are well lit and covered by surveillance cameras. Police are also recommending that the ATM machines be attached with bolts to the floor, when possible. <br /> <br /> </span><span style="color: #333333;">Anyone with information about these ATM machine thefts and/or who can identify the suspects involved is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at <a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: #3873a6;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a>.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #1f497d;"><br /> March 7, 2017 Attempted ATM Machine Theft: Hotel near 105 Ave. &amp; 111 St.</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #1f497d;"><img alt="" width="300" height="420" src="~/media/96B0B4CCF60040228AD42F42B0AC7FD0.ashx?h=420&amp;&amp;w=300" />&nbsp; <img alt="" width="300" height="585" src="~/media/222FFFB7F66B4BDEBDF5F3BC2A45C6E2.ashx?h=585&amp;&amp;w=300" />&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span style="color: #1f497d;"><br /> March 11, 2017 ATM Theft: Hotel near 53 Avenue and Calgary Trail</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span style="color: #1f497d;"><img alt="" style="width: 387px; height: 488px;" src="~/media/EDD8A3D363FA42BDAAADF4E6A58A9296.ashx?h=488&amp;w=387" />&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 366px; height: 426px;" src="~/media/D2F20F8308744759B7E6D30C79352DD1.ashx?h=426&amp;w=366" />&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span style="color: #1f497d;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span style="color: #1f497d;"></span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span style="color: #1f497d;"><img alt="" width="375" height="412" src="~/media/AFC4A719E54E4ACDA5F29DECFB9576A1.ashx?h=412&amp;&amp;w=375" /></span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 16 Mar 2017 22:06:05 UT EPS lays charges in north-side weapons complaint http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/weaponscomplaintchargesmarch13.aspx Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives have charged the suspect in a weapons complaint from Monday morning. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 11:33 a.m. on March 13, 2017, the EPS responded to a weapons complaint in the intersection of 50 Street and 137 Avenue. Several witnesses in the area contacted police after witnessing a lone male carrying a firearm. In response to the activity of the suspect, shots were fired by police and the male was struck. The male was treated and transported to hospital by EMS. On March 15, 2017 he was charged and remanded into custody. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Glenn Justin Ironchild, 36, is facing the following charges:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Careless use of a firearm</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Pointing a firearm</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Assault with a weapon; possession of offensive weapon dangerous to the public </span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Unauthorized possession of a firearm </span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Knowingly possess unauthorized firearm (x2) </span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Possession of firearm/weapon contrary to prohibition order (x4) </span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Careless storage of a firearm </span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Unauthorized possession of prohibited/restricted weapon</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>- Tampering with a serial number &nbsp;</span></em></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Ironchild&rsquo;s bail hearing is scheduled for April 6, 2017.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <span>The EPS will not be providing further comment as the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) continues to investigate the shooting involving an EPS officer. </span> 16 Mar 2017 21:28:17 UT Public information and warning: Sexual Offender Released http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/hroffender.aspx In the interest of public safety, the Edmonton Police Service is issuing the following warning; Curtis Poburan is a convicted sexual offender and the Edmonton Police Service believes he is a high risk to commit another sexual offence against someone under the age of 16 while in the community. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>Poburan will be residing in the Edmonton area and supervised on Probation.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>Poburan has been placed on a series of court ordered conditions including:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>You shall refrain from engaging in or attempting to engage in any activity with any person under the age of 16.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not possess any child pornography. </span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not be within 50 meters around places where children under the age of 16 are reasonably expected to be present, i.e. school ground, daycare centres, public parks, public swimming pools, recreational centres or community centres.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not enter any residence of any child under the age of 16 years, unless in the immediate presence of an adult guardian or parent of such child.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not seek or maintain any employment or becoming a volunteer in a capacity that involves being in a position of trust or authority toward any person under the age of 16.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not be in possession of any firearms, including replica firearms and pellet guns.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with any information about any potential breaches of these conditions by POBURAN can contact the EPS at 780-423-4567.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br /> The Edmonton Police Service is issuing this information and warning after careful deliberation of all related issues, including privacy concerns, in the belief that it is clearly in the public interest to inform the members of the community. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" width="350" height="438" style="width: 350px; height: 438px;" src="~/media/EDEA7C2F42264B2EB10C60E455991020.ashx?h=438&amp;&amp;w=350" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span><strong><span>Curtis Allan POBURAN, 48 yrs</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span></span></strong><strong><span>Height: 5&rsquo;11&rdquo;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span></span></strong><strong><span>Weight: 175 lbs</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span></span></strong><strong><span>Eyes: Hazel</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span></span></strong><strong><span>Hair: Brown</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: left;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 0pt 0cm;"><strong><em><span>Members of the public are advised that the intent of this process is to enable citizens to take suitable precautionary measures. Releasing this information is NOT intended to encourage people to engage in any form of vigilante action</span></em></strong><strong><span>.</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 0pt 0cm;"><span><strong><br /> </strong>This information is released under the authority of the <em>FOIP Act</em>, RSA 2000, C. F-25.<br /> <br /> </span></p> <table style="margin: auto auto auto 0.9pt; border: currentColor; border-image: none;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr style="height: 61.95pt;"> <td valign="top" style="border-width: 1pt 0px 1pt 1pt; border-style: solid none solid solid; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 479.4pt; height: 61.95pt; text-align: left; border-right-color: #000000; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><em><span>The information in this release is that which was verifiable prior to the release time indicated. Continued investigation and review could result in additional information or clarification.</span></em></p> </td> <td valign="top" style="border-width: 1pt; border-style: solid; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; width: 14.15pt; height: 61.95pt; text-align: left; background-color: transparent;"> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p></p> 16 Mar 2017 18:23:00 UT Pedestrian struck by vehicle succumbs to injuries http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/pedestrianfatalitynw.aspx A pedestrian struck by a vehicle earlier this month has succumbed to his injuries. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 8:25 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 3, 2017, Northwest Division officers were called to a report of a collision in the area of 128 Avenue and 101 Street. It was reported that a 64-year-old male pedestrian was crossing 128 Avenue between 97 Street and 101 Street when a 2012 white Ford Econoline van travelling eastbound on 128 Ave struck the pedestrian. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EMS responded, treated and transported the pedestrian to hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017 the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries in hospital, marking Edmonton&rsquo;s&nbsp;third traffic fatality of the year. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The 31-year-old male driver of the van did not sustain any injuries.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: red;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At this time, no charges have been laid against the driver of the van. EPS Traffic Section continues to investigate.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span style="color: #333333;">.</span></p> 16 Mar 2017 16:20:00 UT Police asking public to help identify suspect in assault http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/assaultassistID.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is asking the public for assistance in identifying a suspect. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 police were called to a disturbance in a lounge at Rogers Place. It was reported that a male was allegedly assaulted by another male following a verbal dispute. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">EMS responded and treated the male for non-life threatening injuries on scene.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">The suspect, who fled the arena prior to police arrival, is described as a Caucasian male in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 6&rsquo;0&rdquo; tall with a thin to medium build and black, curly hair. He was wearing dark jeans, a white shirt with pockets and a black pea coat.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 400px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/6DFFA9C15C084A2587265352906DF981.ashx?h=400&amp;w=400" />&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;" src="~/media/35F616F3F71F4FA0A14092E204B41012.ashx?h=400&amp;w=400" />&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 403px;" src="~/media/7458715B4B2040F5B324E7C70D09C7A5.ashx?h=403&amp;w=400" />&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">Anyone with information about the suspect&rsquo;s identity is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at <a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: #3873a6;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a>.</span> </p> 14 Mar 2017 20:50:00 UT