Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta – (Fri, Aug 13, 2:12 PM ) The Fort Saskatchewan RCMP have seen a significant increase in catalytic converter thefts over the last year. From January 2020 to December 2020 the detachment received a total of 18 reports of catalytic converter thefts within the City of Fort Saskatchewan. From January 2021 to this current date, that number has increased to 62. That is a 244% increase.
Cpl. Devon Lafreniere, the NCO i/c of Fort Saskatchewan’s Traffic and Crime Reduction Unit stated “these numbers are unacceptable. We have been very active in targeting this crime, and have made this a priority for not only our unit, but also the entire detachment”. Cpl. Lafreniere is happy to report that a project started on August 9th targeting known offender, Steven Derijck, resulted in the execution of a Search Warrant at his residence yesterday. With the assistance of General Duty Members, and the General Investigation Section, T-CRU was able to seize the following from Derijck’s garage:
· 32 catalytic converters;
· Numerous reciprocating saws, grinders, and blades commonly used for cutting catalytic converters;
· Bolt cutters;
· A replica Berretta Air Pistol;
· A small bag of suspects methamphetamine.
T-CRU will be continuing to target other known catalytic converter thieves, and will be working in partnership with scrap metal dealers in order combat these crimes.
Derijck has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property over $5000, Possession of Break-in tools, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous purpose, Possession of Schedule I methamphetamine, Fail to Comply with Undertaking x 2, and Fail to Comply with Release Order x 2. Derijck went before a Justice of the Peace and did not speak to bail. He is set to appear in Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Court on August 26th, 2021.
If you have any information pertaining to these crimes, please contact Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-84-77 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.
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