St. Albert, Alberta – The St. Albert RCMP are asking for information to help locate the individuals responsible for a parkade Break and Enter and thefts.
Sometime between 11:00 p.m. on November 26th, 2017 and 6:30 a.m. on November 27th, 2017, unknown individual(s) broke into a secure underground parkade at the Botanica condo complex located at 200 Bellerose Drive. It was reported that several items were stolen from the parkade including a Trek Fuel EX mountain bike with white frame and studded tires, several valuables left in locked and unlocked vehicles and a 2013 black SUV Mercedes Benz that has since been recovered in Spruce Grove area.
St. Albert RCMP is releasing images of two individuals captured on video surveillance that are believed responsible for these thefts.
While the St. Albert RCMP continues with the investigation and seeks any information that would assist them, they would like to remind people to always remove valuables from their vehicle. It is a misconception that vehicles parked in a secure underground parking garage are safe and it’s important that the community attempts to prevent these avoidable thefts from occurring.
Some tips for preventing theft from and of vehicles:
- Do not leave any property in your vehicle. Thieves will break in for as little as a few coins or a phone charger/usb cable. If you absolutely must leave items in your vehicle, secure them in the trunk.
- Do not leave any personal identification in an unattended vehicle or you could become a victim of identity theft. (For example, drivers licence, financial documents, credit/debit information or any mail that could identify who you are).
- Invest in a good anti-theft device, particularly a passive immobilizer.
- Secure your licence plates with bolts – Criminals commonly steal licence plates and use them to avoid being identified while committing other crimes.
- Do not keep your garage door opener in your vehicle.
- Always wait for an automatic gate to close behind you when entering or leaving a controlled parking area.
- Do not keep spare keys to your vehicle in the vehicle. Police see this happen all the time. What would have been the theft of some change in the ashtray, turns into a theft of a vehicle.
- If you see any suspicious persons or activities near a vehicle, call the police immediately. Report suspicious activity while it is happening – Try to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle (including licence plate). Do not confront the suspects. Let the police determine if it’s a crime in progress.
If you have any information about this or any crime, call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. If your information leads to an arrest, you may qualify for a cash award up to $2,000.00. We want your tip, not your name. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Police File: 2017-1603811 & 2017-1604708
St. Albert RCMP