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Brooks RCMP ex­e­cute search war­rant and re­cover stolen prop­erty

- Con­trib­uted Crime · White-collar Crime · Royal Canadian Mounted Police · Alberta · Medicine Hat

On Jan. 27, 2021, Brooks RCMP re­sponded to a com­plaint of a break and en­ter into a stor­age locker lo­cated on 15th Av­enue West in Brooks. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that seven stor­age lock­ers had been bro­ken into and a va­ri­ety of items were stolen from most lock­ers.

Brooks Gen­eral Duty mem­bers ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion which re­sulted in the en­gage­ment of sup­port units in­clud­ing the Brooks Gen­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Sec­tion and the South­ern Al­berta Crime Re­duc­tion Unit.

Ear­lier this month, the po­lice op­er­a­tion re­sulted in a search war­rant be­ing granted and ex­e­cuted on a res­i­den­tial prop­erty in Wild Rose Court West in

Brooks. Two adult males and two adult fe­males were taken into cus­tody as a re­sult.

The search of the res­i­dence re­sulted in the re­cov­ery of most of the stolen prop­erty from the stor­age lock­ers which in­cluded: hand tools, power tools, elec­tron­ics, hunt­ing and firearms ac­ces­sories and more. The RCMP con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter and have de­ter­mined that some of the re­cov­ered prop­erty is from other prop­erty crimes such as theft from ve­hi­cles in re­cent weeks.

One of the males and both fe­males were re­leased with­out charges. Sa­mual Whit­ford (31) from Medicine Hat was charged with pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime, traf­fick­ing in prop­erty ob­tained by crime, and breach of re­lease order (x2). In ad­di­tion to the new charges, Whit­ford was ar­rested for out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rants for breach of re­lease order (x3) and fail to com­ply with un­der­tak­ing.

Fol­low­ing a ju­di­cial hear­ing, Whit­ford did not speak to bail and is sched­uled to ap­pear in Medicine Hat Pro­vin­cial Court on Feb. 9.

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