May 4, 2018
Wood Buffalo, Alberta – Since March 28th, 2018, Wood Buffalo RCMP successfully tracked stolen “Bait Vehicles” within the Wood Buffalo Region. This “Bait Car” program has resulted in a total of 20 charges and 18 executed warrants from various jurisdictions, with a total of 5 individuals alleged to be committing offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, and Traffic Safety Act. The Wood Buffalo RCMP are warning would be criminals that if you steal a vehicle, or enter it to steal items, it may be a “Bait Vehicle” and you will be caught.
In conjunction with the RCMP Auto Theft Unit, an initiative to use a “Bait Vehicle” has been implemented. The location and type of vehicle will not be identified in an effort to maintain the intended purpose of this vehicle. Targeting people who steal vehicles or who attempt to steal from the vehicles is just one component of the ongoing crime reduction strategies in the Wood Buffalo Region, and across the province of Alberta.
As a result of an integrated and comprehensive investigation completed by the Wood Buffalo RCMP teams, the following charges were laid:
One male, 33 years old, of Fort McKay, Alberta, was charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle, two counts of Obstruction, and Fail to Comply.
One female, 26 years old, of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, was charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000.00, Possession of Drugs, and four counts of Fail to Comply.
One male, 37 years old, of Fort McMurray, Alberta, was charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle, Impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle, Driving While Disqualified/Prohibited, and Operate Motor Vehicle Without Holding Subsisting Operator’s Licence.
One female, 30 years old, of Gregoire Lake Reserve, Alberta, was charged with three counts of Fail to Comply.
One female, 35 years old, of Gregoire Lake Reserve, Alberta, was charged with two counts of Fail to Comply.
The names of these individuals are no longer being released as court proceeding have already started in April of 2018, and some cases have already completed their process through the courts.
The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank the public for helping to provide information that helps keep our community safe, and to reduce crime. If you have any information about any crimes occurring or that have occurred in the Wood Buffalo region, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040.
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC