Wetaskiwin, Alberta – On September 17th, 2021 Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, with assistance of members from Wetaskiwin RCMP, Maskwacis RCMP, and the K-Division RCMP Auto theft unit, executed a search warrant on a rural Wetaskiwin County property. The RCMP were conducting an investigation into a suspected chop shop on the property. Following the search, 5 stolen trucks, an enclosed trailer, an industrial generator unit, 3 dirt bikes, as well as other stolen property were recovered, with an approximate value of over $100,000.
As a result of the investigation, the following charges have been laid against one male:
Chris Andrew Gilchrist (31) of Wetaskiwin, AB is charged with:
· Possession for Stolen Property over $5000 (x6)
· Possession for Stolen Property under $5000 (x5)
· Alter/Destroy/Remove a Vehicle Identification Number
Gilchrist was brought before a justice of the peace and was released on a $2000.00 promise to pay release order and is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin provincial court on October 12th, 2021.
The RCMP would like to remind the public that they can report any suspicious activity. They are asked to contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267 or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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