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 15 Oct 2018 17:11:21 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2018, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Homicide Section investigating after deceased female found in residence http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/suspiciousdeathdowntownOct14 The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section is investigating the suspicious death of a senior-aged female whose body was discovered in a multi-unit residence this morning. <div>At approximately 9:40 a.m. today, Sunday, October 14, 2018, Downtown Division patrol officers responded to an address in the area of 102 Avenue and 115 Street after receiving a call requesting that police check on the welfare of two occupants of a suite in a multi-unit residence. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased senior female and an injured senior male.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The male was treated and transported to hospital, where he remains with non-life threatening injuries. An autopsy will be scheduled early next week to determine the cause of death of the female.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Police are not looking for suspects. No further information is available at this time, as Homicide Section continues to investigate.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> 14 Oct 2018 23:30:00 UT Missing 2-year-old boy found safe http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Missing2yearoldOct13 The&nbsp;2-year-old boy who was missing earlier this morning was located safe in West Edmonton at approximately 11 a.m. today, Saturday, Oct. 13. <p>The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.</p> 13 Oct 2018 17:45:00 UT Graduation day for EPS Recruit Training Class #143 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/epsgraduation The latest EPS recruits will formally graduate from their training and become full-fledged police officers at a prestigious ceremony at City Hall on Friday. <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 16px;"> </span><span style='color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt;'></span> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Graduating from RTC #143 will be 30 EPS officers (23 male, seven female), *three EPS canine teams, and one officer (female) from the Lacombe Police Service.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Participating in the graduation ceremony will be Acting Police Chief Greg Preston, Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Councillor Mohinder Banga, Edmonton Police Commission Chair Tim O’Brien and Lacombe Chief Lorne Blumhagen.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">The recruits have come from diverse careers and countries to join the EPS.&nbsp; Having met all requirements, they recently completed an intense year of academic and field development training and assessment, and are now ready to serve their community as police officers.&nbsp; </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Members of the public are invited to join the recruits and their family and friends at the graduation ceremony.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong>RTC #143 Graduation Ceremony</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong>Friday, October 12, 2018 1 to 3 p.m.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong>Edmonton City Hall, City Room (Main Floor)</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong>1 Sir Winston Churchill Square<br> </strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">For more information on joining the EPS, please visit <a href="http://www.joineps.ca/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.joinEPS.ca</span></a>.</p> <p><br><em>*Includes Hunter, HRDD (Human Remains Detection Dog) and handler Staff Sgt. Tom Bechthold.</em> </p> 11 Oct 2018 22:07:07 UT Homicide detectives charge second person in 2016 homicide http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Homicide%20detectives%20charge%20second%20person%20in%202016%20homicide Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives have charged Maurice Laurence Joseph Angel Schau, 34, with manslaughter in connection with the 2016 death of Brad MacDonald, 37. Detectives had also previously arrested and charged another man, Austin Southworth, in September 2016, in relation to this homicide. <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-language: EN-CA;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">On Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016, at around 8:30 a.m., West Division officers were called to the area of Stony Plain Road and Winterburn Road, after MacDonald’s body was discovered in a field north of the 215 Street traffic ramp. The Edmonton Medical Examiner later confirmed that MacDonald died as a result of blunt force trauma.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font> 11 Oct 2018 21:22:15 UT Monument for first Edmonton police officer killed in the line of duty http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/MonumentforfirstEdmontonpoliceofficerkilledinthelineofduty The first Edmonton police officer killed in the line of duty, Const. Frank Beevers, is being honoured with a monument after it was discovered his grave was left unmarked for nearly a century. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Const. Beevers was killed on Oct. 17, 1918, while attempting to arrest a fugitive wanted for the robbery and murder of a local businessman.&nbsp; </p> <p>Three days later he was laid to rest with full police honours at Edmonton Cemetery, but for reasons unknown, a permanent marker was never installed.</p> <p>"No one should be buried in an unmarked grave, especially after making the ultimate sacrifice protecting citizens," says Police Chief Rod Knecht. "We may never truly understand the background to the missing headstone, but today we have the opportunity to &lsquo;set in stone&rsquo; our appreciation for Constable Beevers selfless service."</p> <p><img alt="" style="width: 401px; height: 267px;" src="-/media/5D9A4721013F407EA301017A36D8A3C3.ashx?h=267&amp;w=401&amp;hash=5F77EABE58766F1535FF7B0A3B07DE957B1238D3&amp;hash=5F77EABE58766F1535FF7B0A3B07DE957B1238D3" /></p> <p>In 2016, local history enthusiast Sheila Thomas came upon the records of Frank Beevers, and later discovered he did not have a headstone on his grave.</p> <p>Sheila approached the Edmonton Police Service with her findings, and there was overwhelming support to provide a monument for the fallen officer. Edmonton Granite Memorials graciously donated the headstone, which was installed in October 2018.</p> <p>Frank Beevers was hired as a custodian by the Edmonton Police Department in 1915. Three years later he was promoted to the rank of constable. He was regarded as a conscientious and efficient officer with sterling character.</p> <p><img alt="" style="width: 400px; height: 247px;" src="-/media/7F6A3D3F36B147B89018F9908655CC63.ashx?h=247&amp;w=400&amp;hash=798EBDCD3ADE06F05B6330E57048B7BD824F0D77&amp;hash=798EBDCD3ADE06F05B6330E57048B7BD824F0D77" /></p> <p>Much like police officers today, Const. Beevers swore an oath to serve and protect, and help make our city safe for all citizens. He demonstrated courage, integrity, and commitment to the community, which are the same values EPS officers aspire to a century later.</p> <p> "Constable Beevers was an exceptional officer who gave his life for the people of this community," says Mayor Don Iveson. "This headstone represents our enduring gratitude for his sacrifice and service, and is a testament to Edmontonians' deep appreciation for the thousands of first responders who keep our city safe and healthy every day." </p> <p>Frank Beevers was born in Leeds, England, on Dec. 5, 1866. While working as a grocer, he married Maria Farrow, and the couple had one child who died at a young age. In 1911, Frank and Maria immigrated to Canada and farmed a plot of land near Lacombe, Alberta, before moving to Edmonton to work at a private school for boys. It is believed that Maria moved back to England after Frank died. </p> <p><img alt="" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" src="-/media/F1352C68A78E4EA982372FA244D25919.ashx?h=300&amp;w=300&amp;hash=7C3EECA6B8E5D081C1C005A36B217D6F921474E9&amp;hash=7C3EECA6B8E5D081C1C005A36B217D6F921474E9" /></p> <p>Graham Beevers, a distant relative of Const. Beevers, travelled from London, England, to participate in the dedication of the new monument on Oct. 11, 2018. </p> <p>"Frank&rsquo;s death in 1918 followed closely on the loss of other family members during the Great War, so it was a time of sadness and hardship," says Graham Beevers. "We&rsquo;re very touched by all of your efforts, and thankful for everything you&rsquo;ve done for Const. Beevers, may he rest in peace. It&rsquo;s clear that goodness and decency live on here."</p> <p><img alt="" width="400" height="384" src="-/media/5B1452E5C73D4AAE98EEB32AF0ACD4FB.ashx?h=384&amp;w=400" /></p> 11 Oct 2018 15:00:00 UT EPS recruitment officers heading to Vancouver http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/RecruitinginVancouver The Edmonton Police Service (EPS)’s recruiting team is headed to Vancouver, British Columbia on October 12 and 13 to hold a free career information session and conduct written testing. <div>Interested candidates are invited to attend EPS’ recruiting events at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University- Surrey Campus in room FIR 128. The information session begins at 6:00 p.m. on October 12.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recruiters will be available to discuss the following topics:</div><div><br></div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Why you should consider a career with EPS</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>The benefits and career opportunities within the EPS&nbsp;</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>The requirements for becoming a police officer&nbsp;</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>A detailed look at our 8 stage application and selection process</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>The recruit training program that will prepare you to patrol the streets of Edmonton.</div><div><br></div><div>“This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has considered becoming a police officer or those looking for a career change that offers challenge, variety and the opportunity to change lives and learn skills no other job can offer,” recruiting Constable Carmen Fidler expresses. “We are currently travelling to select cities across Canada to find the best candidates to protect and serve our community.”</div><div><br></div><div>What’s in it for you?</div><div><br></div><div>The EPS can give you a rewarding career and life:</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Make $83,513 after two years of service&nbsp;</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Over 100 different career options to choose from&nbsp;</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Reduce crime, solve local issues and change peoples’ lives</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Earn as you learn; Paid recruit training of $67,414</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>And much more.</div><div><br></div><div>For those interested in this weekend’s Vancouver recruiting events, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Visit <a href="http://www.joineps.ca/vancouver" target="_blank">JoinEPS.ca </a>or call 1-866-777-0815 to save your spot.</div><p>____________________________________________________________________________</p><div>The EPS has been named one of Alberta's top 70 employers. In 2019, the EPS is looking to hire a total of 75 officers across three new recruit classes and one Experienced Officer class. If you’re interested in changing your career path, see if EPS is right for you and <a href="http://www.joineps.ca/NewsAndEvents/InformationSessions" target="_blank">sign up online</a> for an upcoming Information Session in Edmonton.</div> 10 Oct 2018 18:00:00 UT Charges laid in attempted kidnapping with firearm http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Charges%20laid%20in%20attempted%20kidnapping%20with%20firearm EPS Child Protection Section detectives have charged a man in relation to an attempted kidnapping involving a reported handgun. <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">At approximately 2:40 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2018 the accused drove up to a school in the area of 84 Street and 105 Avenue and approached a 14-year-old male who was walking towards the school. The accused asked the youth about the 14-year-old female who was the subject of the Amber Alert yesterday (Oct. 5, 2018). After a short exchange, it was reported that the accused produced a hand gun and yelled at the male youth to get into the vehicle, a red Nissan Maxima. The boy ran towards the school to get away.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">A short time later, witnesses observed the accused approach the 14-year-old girl near the school and a short exchange took place where the girl’s cell phone was taken. It was reported the girl hesitantly entered the accused’s vehicle, which then drove away. The youth and witnesses then went into the school and reported the incident to the School Resource Officer. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">An Amber Alert was then issued a short time later for the 14-year-old girl, who was found unharmed with the accused, who was arrested at 97 Street and 118 Avenue. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">Jacques Sennesael, 47</font></span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman">, was charged today with <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">kidnapping with firearm, possession of an offensive weapon, intimidation, use of a firearm while attempting an indictable offence, possession for the purpose of trafficking (x2), and theft under $5,000.</i></font></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;"></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> <br style="mso-special-character: line-break;"> </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">Sennesael and the 14-year-old girl know each other and at this time, there is no sufficient evidence to lay charges in relation to the alleged abduction. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">Child Protection Section continues to investigate. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font> 06 Oct 2018 23:13:22 UT Child Protection Section continues to investigate alleged abduction http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Child%20Protection%20Section%20continues%20to%20investigate%20incident%20that%20led%20to%20Amber%20Alert At approximately 3 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 5, 2018) a School Resource Officer was alerted by students from a nearby school that a suspicious male was seen talking with a young female in the area of 106 Ave and 84 Street. <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">It was also reported that the male was in the possession of a hand gun in his vehicle and that the girl was observed leaving with the suspect in his vehicle. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">The circumstances met the criteria for an Amber Alert which was issued at 4:10 p.m. and the vehicle was located a few minutes later, after a watchful citizen who heard the alert quickly called 911. The man safely gave information to an operator about the vehicle’s direction of travel, which allowed officers to locate the suspect vehicle.</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">The 47-year-old male was taken into custody in the area of 97 Street and 118 Avenue by Northwest Division patrol members just before 4:30 p.m. and is currently in police custody at Police Headquarters. </font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman">The girl was found unharmed and taken to the Zebra Centre to be interviewed by EPS Child Protection Section officers. A warrant has been issued to search the suspect vehicle for the reported handgun and the investigation continues. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></font></font></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font> 06 Oct 2018 01:24:22 UT Downtown communities see rise in break-and-enters; Police issue warning before long weekend http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Downtownbneoct5 The EPS Downtown Division wants residents to be alert this long weekend, after a rise in break-and-enters to unsecure residences. <span lang="EN-CA"></span> <p>Over the last three months, since July 1, 2018, there have been 22 residential break-and-enters to unsecured premises, reported to the EPS Downtown Division. Of the 22 residential break-and-enters, the McCauley, Queen Mary and Central McDougall communities have felt the most impact. </p> <p>"With the long weekend approaching, residents are encouraged to take the extra steps to ensure their doors and windows are locked and all valuables are out of sight," says Staff Sgt. Brent Dahlseide, of the EPS Downtown Division.</p> <p>"We’re noticing suspects are targeting residences and suites specifically with access points on the first and second levels," says Dahlseide. "Electronics, jewelry and cash appear to be what suspects are looking for." </p> <p>The majority of the 22 break-and-enters occurred on a Friday or Saturday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m..</p> <p>For information about crime in your neighborhood, please visit the <a href="http://crimemapping.edmontonpolice.ca/"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-decoration: underline;">EPS Neighborhood Crime Map.</span></a><span lang="EN">&nbsp; </span></p> <p>For information about protecting your residence, please visit the <a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/CrimePrevention/HomePropertySafety/ProtectingYourHome"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-decoration: underline;">EPS website.</span></a><span lang="EN"> <img width="728" height="486" style="width: 728px; height: 486px;" alt="" src="-/media/8B5902792591430FB5140FF5859AE58B.ashx?hash=F56CEFFCD617DF475BF82EB079C6BA543E4E7C43&amp;h=486&amp;w=728"><br> </span></p> 05 Oct 2018 21:49:00 UT Search warrants uncover vehicle cloning operation http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/VINcloningOct4 The Edmonton Police Service’s Auto Theft Unit has arrested three people and recovered seven stolen vehicles in relation to a VIN cloning operation. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Sep. 27, 2018, police executed search warrants at a residence in the Hamptons area and a business in the area of 121A Street and 121 Avenue. The search of the business uncovered an active vehicle cloning operation, and resulted in the recovery of a stolen 2008 BMW X6 and a stolen and cloned 2008 Mercedes ML55. <br><br>Auto Theft Unit members have also recovered two stolen 2014 Range Rovers (one of which was cloned), two stolen and cloned 2016 Dodge Ram 1500s and a stolen 2015 Jeep Cherokee that were all linked to the operation. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of 269 grams of cocaine worth approximately $27,000 as well as a quantity of marijuana, cash and evidence related to the cloning operation.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Vehicle cloning, or VIN cloning, is using a vehicle identification number (VIN) from a legally registered vehicle to hide the identity of a stolen or salvaged vehicle, typically the same make, model and year.&nbsp;The thieves use the stolen VINs to create ownership documents to register or sell the stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle becomes an identical clone of the legitimate vehicle, with no obvious signs it was stolen. In some cases, the thieves manufacture VIN labels and VIN plates and obtain vehicle registration using forged documents in an attempt to legitimize the stolen asset. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>“If you’re purchasing a used vehicle, it’s important to ask questions, especially when buying from a private seller,” says Det. Mark Kassian, with the EPS Auto Theft Unit. “Ask questions in relation to the vehicle’s owner history. Ask to see original documentation and service records. Lastly, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.” &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>So far, 16 criminal charges have been laid in this investigation, and the total estimated value of the property recovered is approximately $400,000.&nbsp; The investigation continues, and further charges are pending. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Lindy Belloc, 42</span></strong><span>, and <strong>Idrissa Diarra, 38,</strong> are jointly charged with numerous counts of <em>possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000</em> and <em>uttering forged documents</em>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Diarra</span></strong><span> was additionally charged with <em>possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking</em> and additional counts of <em>possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Alemar Villegas 32, </span></strong><span>is charged with <em>uttering a forged document</em> and <em>possession of a controlled substance</em>. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>“The EPS would like to thank our partners in the provincial auto theft working group, including other major police agencies across Alberta, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Alberta Transportation and Service Alberta for their joint efforts to reduce auto theft in Alberta, as well as their support and cooperation with this investigation,” says Acting Staff Sgt. Greg MacNeil, with EPS Economic Crimes Section. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>10 tips to avoid buying a cloned/stolen vehicle:</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>1. </span></strong><strong><span>Carefully examine the public VIN plate on the dash of the vehicle</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Compare the number to the one found on the registration. Also, check the manufacturer’s label on the driver’s door or the driver’s door frame beside the latch, and compare the VIN on that label with the public VIN (found on the dash). If the label is missing or is scratched out, there is a problem.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>2. Ask for proof of ownership and identification from the seller</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Compare photo identification to the name on the vehicle’s registration document and make sure they are the same. Record the seller’s driver’s licence number and contact information on the bill of sale. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>3. Check the VIN on the public Canadian Police Information Centre website at </span></strong><span><a href="http://www.cpic-cipc.ca/"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.cpic-cipc.ca</span></strong></a></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The CPIC check is free and will tell you to contact police if there’s something wrong with the VIN.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>4. Consider online services such as CARFAX or CARPROOF</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Pay particular attention to a vehicle’s registration history. If the vehicle goes back and forth several times between provinces and/or states, it may be a clone. Also, look for any noted color changes and/or odometer discrepancies.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>5. Google the VIN</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>If the vehicle is listed for sale in another province or country, the listing may appear on Google, indicating the possibility of a clone.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>6. Have a Vehicle Information Report (VIR) done through any registry agent</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This will notify you of any liens, as well as the vehicle registration history and status within Alberta. This is NOT a stolen vehicle check.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>7. Bring a friend</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>It’s always a good idea to have another set of eyes to witness the transaction and corroborate any discussions with the seller. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>8. Question low sale prices</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>If the asking price is too good to be true, ask why. Be suspicious if the seller demands cash. It’s a good idea to complete any cash transactions at a financial institution. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>9. Keep detailed records of the transaction</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Retain original copies of bills of sale (proof of ownership), vehicle registrations, service records etc. Your bill of sale is your only legal proof of ownership.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>10. Your best weapon is your brain. Use common sense and good judgment. </span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Don’t allow your desire to buy the vehicle to override your intuition.</span></p> <br> 04 Oct 2018 14:13:46 UT