Trailer thieves alter VINs to sell vehicles

VANDALISM

On May 11, a vehicle parked in the 6700 block of 49 Avenue in Stettler was damaged when someone tried to pry open the trunk.

On May 12, an oil/gas site found their fence damaged. Culprits took down a portion of the fence and drove a quad in unauthorized areas.

THEFT

Overnight on May 11, a grey 2008 GMC Sierra pickup was stolen while parked in the 5700 block of 50 Avenue in Stettler. It has not been recovered. On the same night, an unlocked vehicle parked in the 5900 block of 51 Avenue was entered and items were stolen including a CD stereo.

On May 12, the theft of 18 spruce trees was reported to police. The trees were approximately four feet tall and were removed from a rural private property in the south east portion of the County of Stettler.

On May 13, a newer travel trailer was stolen from a locked storage compound near Buffalo Lake north of Erskine. Culprits defeated a locked gate, and took a 21-foot Sportmaster trailer. The trailer was recovered by Camrose Police Service in that city on May 15. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) had been ground off and a false VIN was stamped in the metal. This trailer had already been sold to an unsuspecting buyer.

On May 14, two men were arrested at a Stettler auto dealership after they negotiated to sell a relatively new travel trailer. Police attended and discovered that the men had arrived in a 2003 Dodge pickup stolen from Meeting Creek May 7. The truck displayed a stolen license plate also taken from Meeting Creek. The trailer was found to have the VIN ground off and a new VIN stamped into the frame. One male ran from police and was not located even with the assistance of the Police Dog Section from Red Deer. A 32-year-old male from Meeting Creek will appear in Stettler Provincial Court on June 24 to enter a plea for possessing stolen property.

Gas was stolen by a patron at a Stettler gas station on May 16. A black motorcycle with two riders filled their tank and left without paying.

On May 16, a vehicle parked in the village of Nevis was entered and property was stolen.

If you have information to assist police in solving these or any crimes call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS or send an email to www.tipsubmit.com.