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Three arrested in vehicle, firearms, property theft series

For Immediate Release: 03-Dec-2020 @ 3:23 PM
MRU #: 20R114

Two men and one woman are facing multiple charges in connection to a crime series involving break-and-enters and auto thefts spanning several weeks.

The week of November 16, the EPS Targeted Response to Auto-theft Prevention (TRAP) Team became involved in the investigation of two break-and-enters and a theft of motor vehicle that occurred in a multi-unit residential complex in the area of Hanna Crescent and Haddow Drive in Terwillegar. At that time, the EPS issued a news release seeking to identify a suspect.

The TRAP team took the lead on the file and were able to link five stolen vehicles to a series of theft of motor vehicles, break-and-enters, theft from vehicles and a personal robbery that had occurred between October 25 and November 19 in Edmonton. In collaboration with Parkland RCMP, TRAP also linked the suspects to two rural break-and-enters near Stony Plain, during which at least five firearms were stolen, as well as an ongoing investigation headed by the BC Lower Mainland District RCMP in relation to a rash of break-and-enters and theft of motor vehicles. Investigators determined the suspects had recently relocated from BC to the Stony Plain area.

On November 26, 2020, TRAP and Parkland RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) arrested Nicholas Konrad Kirszenstein, 36 and Trevor Taylor, 38 in Spruce Grove in connection to the theft series. Police located a loaded handgun on Kirszenstein’s person at the time of his arrest. Tara Brown, 33, was arrested later the same day at a residence in Stony Plain.

Parkland RCMP SCU executed a search warrant at the Stony Plain address, where they located nine stolen firearms, stolen tools, identity documents and more than $8,000 CAD. As well, a total of six stolen vehicles, a stolen trailer and a stolen ATV were recovered as a result of the investigation.

Firearms seized during warrant

Handgun found on accused at the time of arrest

Collectively, the EPS and Parkland RCMP have charged the three accused with more than 80 offences.

The EPS has charged Nicholas Konrad Kirszenstein, 36, Trevor Colt Taylor, 38, and Tara Brown, 33, with 23 property- related charges each, including break and enter, theft of motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property. Kirszenstein also faces a personal robbery charge.

Parkland RCMP has charged Kirszenstein with five break-and-enter and weapons-related offences, Taylor with five offences that include break-and-enter and weapons-related charges as well as assault peace officer, and Brown with four break-and-enter and weapons-related charges.


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