Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has issued Canada wide warrants for two females reportedly involved in a Canada-wide auto-theft operation targeting luxury vehicles.
On Mar. 23, 2017, police received a report that two vehicles had been stolen from a local luxury car dealership using fraudulent identification. Following investigation by the EPS Auto Theft Unit, detectives uncovered a Canada-wide auto-theft operation originating in Ontario and involving dealerships across the country. Thieves reportedly applied to purchase the vehicles online using stolen or fraudulent identification and then travelled from out-of-province to retrieve the vehicles and drive them to Ontario.
With the assistance of EPS West Division officers and members of the Saskatoon Police Service, three stolen luxury cars and one stolen luxury truck were recovered in Saskatoon on Mar. 24, 2017. An additional luxury vehicle was also recovered in Edmonton on Mar. 29, 2017 and resulted in the arrest of a 45-year-old male. Police continue to investigate and are seeking two additional female suspects.
“This investigation involved the cooperation of several police, government and financial agencies across the country,” says Det. Dwayne Karpo with the EPS Auto Theft Unit. “Thanks to their support, we were able to successfully interrupt this nationwide auto-theft operation and prevent further identity fraud.”
The total estimated value of the five recovered vehicles is approximately $525,000.
Gene Nikota, 45, has been charged with fraud over $5000, possess stolen property over $5000, possess identity document (x2), utter a forged document (x2) and intent/obtain property.
Kimberly Barlow, 38, and Jennifer Callihoo, 33, are wanted for a total of 40 auto and identity theft offences and Canada wide warrants have been issued for their arrests.
Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Barlow and Callihoo are asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.
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