Edmonton, Alberta – Northwest Division Beat officers are hoping to locate the original owners of several stolen bicycles in the city, after police dismantled a “bicycle chop shop” and charged six adults late last month.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, Northwest Division Beats executed a search warrant at a residence in the area of 119 Avenue and 76 Street associated to a drug investigation. Upon entering the residence, officers located 24 stolen bicycles ranging in value, six bike forks, approximately 50 bike tires and rims, along with a variety of other bike parts and tools used to reassemble and alter a bike’s original look. Drugs, break-in tools, weapons and identity documents were also seized from the residence.
Investigators believe the bikes were stolen from various locations across the city, modified at the residence and then sold for profit on the street. The total value of the recovered bicycles and parts are believed to be worth approximately $20,000.
Northwest Division Beat officers have charged six people in relation to this investigation:
- Justin Peters, 32, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of break-in instruments, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and breach of condition recognizance (x2)
- Rian White, 40, is charged with possession of property for the purpose of trafficking and possession of an identity document.
- Jason Ollie, 41, is charged with failing to comply with probation orders (x3), possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, carrying a concealed weapon, breach of condition recognizance, possession of a prohibited firearm and knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon.
- Deena Shulz, 45, is charged with possession of property for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of an identity document.
- Marie Enokson, 45, is charged with knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
- Gerald McHugh, 49, is charged with possession of property for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x3)
Investigators believe the majority of the bikes recovered were stolen from garage break and enters.
“In northwest division alone, garage break and enters are up 15 per cent since this time last year,” says Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coughlan, with the Criminal Investigation Section. “Make it extra difficult for bad guys – always lock your doors and be sure to remove portable garage door openers from your vehicles.”
“Our ultimate goal is to reunite these bikes with their original owners,” says Coughlan.
Photos of the recovered bicycles have been posted to the EPS Pinterest page.
If you believe you have identified your bicycle via the EPS Pinterest page, please contact the EPS via one of the following ways:
Call Nicole Draves at 780-391-4569
E-Mail [email protected]
Citizens are urged not to contact the Property Exhibit Unit directly, unless instructed to do so by an EPS member.
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