Edmonton Police warn F150 owners of theft series – UPDATED

Edmonton, Alberta – The EPS TRAP (Targeted Response to Auto-theft Prevention) team has charged three men from Ontario in relation to a Ford F150 theft series.

In February 2022, the EPS issued a news release in relation to a rash of thefts of newer model Ford F-150 trucks. At the time, close to 20 thefts had occurred throughout the city and surrounding area. The thefts were specifically targeting 2017-2020 model year F-150s equipped with push-start buttons. The suspects were using sophisticated technology to defeat the trucks’ anti-theft systems.

After an extensive investigation, 34-year-old Michael Pohlod, 23-year-old Harshdeep Binner and 22-year-old Riyasad Singh are facing several charges including theft of motor vehicle, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments.

Over 40 trucks were reported stolen over the course of this investigation, seven of which have been recovered by the TRAP team.

The Edmonton Police Service would like to thank the RCMP Strathcona County detachment for their assistance identifying the suspects.

The investigation continues.

Edmonton Police Service

MRU #: 22R013-1

“Dedicated to Protect, Proud to Serve”

BACKGROUND

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service is warning citizens of a recent rash of thefts of newer model Ford F150s.

The EPS TRAP (Targeted Response to Auto-theft Prevention) team is investigating a series of more than a dozen thefts of Ford F150s that have occurred since Feb. 18, 2022 throughout the city. The thefts have specifically targeted 2018-2020 model year F150s equipped with push-button start. The thieves are using sophisticated technology to defeat the trucks’ anti-theft systems.

Pictured: distinctive stolen F150
Pictured: distinctive stolen F150

“Our TRAP teams are investigating these thefts and focusing extra resources on identifying those responsible,” says Sgt. Ian Strom, with the EPS TRAP team. “In the meantime, we want to alert owners of these trucks so they can take extra steps to protect their property.”

Police advise owners of the trucks being targeted to park them in a secure location, such as a garage, or in well-lit, high traffic areas. Owners are also advised to remove all valuables from the vehicle, and use a steering-wheel lock (similar to “The Club”) if possible.

Anyone who sees the above pictured truck or who has information about the thefts is 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.p3tips.com/250.

Edmonton Police Service

MRU #: 22R013

“Dedicated to Protect, Proud to Serve”

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