The recent rash of incidents has seen 30 Hondas including Civics, CRVs and Acuras older than 2006 stolen from northeast Edmonton since July 1, 2019. While this is a citywide concern, the northeast part of the city, particularly Evansdale, Belle Rive and Killarney, have been the hardest hit areas. Residences just to the south and north of the green belt that runs from 97 Street to 66 Street at approximately 162 Avenue also seem to be getting targeted more frequently.
“We believe the suspects are using bicycles to travel along the green belt and are then exiting into the numerous cul de sacs and roadways that link up with that pathway,” says Det. Bryan Macaulay with EPS Northeast Division. “A common tactic is for suspects to ride around in the early hours of the morning, checking door handles for unlocked vehicles and generally looking for vehicles that are easier to steal.”
Police are releasing home security footage of a person of interest in one of these incidents to show citizens the kind of suspicious behaviour they should look for. Citizens are asked to contact police if they observe this type of behaviour or recognize the individual in the video.