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Police investigate ongoing youth crime series

For Immediate Release:06-Feb-2018 @ 8:54 AM
MRU #:18R011

The Edmonton Police Service is reminding the general public to take preventative measures to help protect themselves against personal robberies.

The advisement comes on the heels of a series of personal robberies, thefts and mischief calls dating back to the summer months involving groups of youths operating throughout the LRT, at various recreation centres and commercial properties in Edmonton.

Investigators believe the groups, which usually include anywhere between four and 12 suspects, are allegedly responsible for more than 60 incidents that have been reported predominantly in northeast and southwest Edmonton, between July 31, 2017 and Jan. 23, 2018.

The incidents, including personal robberies, shoplifting, thefts, disturbances and assaults, have been reported at Belvedere, Southgate and Century Park LRT stations, various convenience and grocery stores, as well as Clareview, Terwillegar and Saville recreation centres.

Investigators believe the incidents are all crimes of opportunity, whereby the suspect youths target individuals for expensive items including cell phones, laptops and clothing on their person.

The suspects are believed to be anywhere between 13 and 18 years old. In each instance, complainants were approached by youth travelling together in groups of between four and 12 suspects.

With the assistance of ETS Transit Peace Officers, police have already arrested and charged five individuals believed to be responsible for numerous events. The five accused cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Anyone with information about this series of crimes or the youths involved are asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

TIPS TO HELP LOWER THE RISK OF A PERSONAL ROBBERY
While it may not be possible to prevent a personal robbery, there are some steps the public can take to minimize the risks:

  • Pick safe routes to get to your destination

  • Plan ahead, and let someone know where you are going and for how long

  • If you are walking after dark, take routes that are well lit and are well populated

  • If you’re using transit, stand or ride near others - do not isolate yourself

  • If you’re driving, avoid parking in an isolated area. Park in a well-lit, highly-visible, high-traffic area

  • Scan the surroundings as you walk or approach or leave your vehicle and transit. If possible, walk with another person

  • If you’re carrying small personal electronics, like an iPod, conceal it under your clothes. These are targets for would-be thieves who can easily sell or exchange the device for drugs.

  • While it’s relaxing to listen to music on your device while travelling on transit, you may also make yourself vulnerable to a personal robbery from would-be thieves.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings. You may need to give directions to a loved one or police

  • Keep your keys ready when walking to your vehicle or home, so that you can get in to your vehicle or home promptly

  • Lock the doors of your vehicle while you are inside. Don’t open your doors or roll down your windows if an unknown person approaches to ask you something

  • Keep your vehicle in good working condition, especially in winter months, to reduce the chance of breaking down and stopping

  • Call out for help in an emergency, and carry a cell phone with you

  • Report a personal robbery, or any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities to police as soon as possible

     

Use your best judgement if confronted with violence and your safety is at risk. Remember that your personal safety is more valuable than your vehicle, your cell phone or other personal belongings.

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Please contact Scott Pattison at (780) 421-3553 for more information.

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