Two men are facing charges after a search of a rural residence by the Prince Albert RCMP last week recovered an estimated $75,000 worth of stolen property.
Prince Albert Daily Herald
RCMP members executed a search warrant last Friday at the residence, which is located east of Prince Albert. Police declined to comment on how they learned about the suspected location of the stolen objects.
Among the items recovered during the search were two snowmobiles and protective equipment, an all-terrain vehicle, a large number of power tools and vehicle parts, multiple firearms and a prohibited weapon -- in this case, a crossbow.
At this point, the RCMP are uncertain of how many different locations the stolen property originated from or how long ago the items were stolen.
“That’s part of our problem,” Prince Albert detachment commander Sgt. Brian Udey said. “We’re trying to figure that out at the moment, but we believe it’s numerous (locations).”
“We’re not sure how long some of that stuff’s been stolen because we haven’t been able to identify it yet,” he added.
Police arrested two 19-year-old males from the Prince Albert at the scene. Each has been charged with multiple counts of stolen property as well as three counts per person for the careless use of a firearm.
Both men will appear in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Tuesday, June 3. The matter remains under investigation and further criminal charges may still be laid.
We’re not sure how long some of that stuff’s been stolen because we haven’t been able to identify it yet. Sgt. Brian Udey
“They’d be in relation to identifying more property and being more specific in our charges,” Udey said of any additional charges.
“Right now we’ve got enough charges to get them into court and before the courts, and then our investigation will continue, and then as we nail off some of the questions … how long ago was some of the stuff stolen, where did they come from, what is stolen, what isn’t stolen, those kinds of things -- then we’ll have a better understanding.
“Then once we get that organized -- because we’re just really in our infancy of this investigation … we’ll be able to put out something a little bit more.”
Updates will be released as they become available, with Udey suggesting later this week or early next week as probable dates.
Members of the public who suspect their own property may be among the recovered items are invited to contact the RCMP.
“If they had some way of identifying whatever (it is) -- a picture or a serial number or anything like that -- it would help us,” Udey said. “That would be great.”