GPS tracker leads police to stolen vehicles

You won’t hear the owners of four stolen vehicles cursing our complex modern technology, as GPS led police to the vehicles on a farm.

You won’t hear the owners of four stolen vehicles cursing our complex modern technology, as a GPS tracker led police to the vehicles on a farm in Leduc County.

According to a press release from Leduc RCMP S/Sgt. Kevin O’Dwyer, technology in a stolen vehicle told police right where to look for it.

“On Feb. 22 in the late afternoon Leduc RCMP were assisting Stony Plain RCMP in recovering a stolen truck that had been tracked via GPS to a rural property in Leduc County,” stated O’Dwyer in the release. “As a result of the RCMP locating this stolen truck, investigation revealed the possibility of other stolen vehicles on the property. Three adult males at the property were taken into police custody, without incident.”

“Leduc General Investigative Section assisted and with the assistance of Alberta RCMP Auto Theft Unit, in the early hours of Feb. 23 a search warrant was executed on the property. Four stolen vehicles were recovered along with miscellaneous other property including a rifle. The RCMP Forensic Identification Section is assisting with this investigation and the rightful property owners are being contacted.”

Contacted at the Leduc RCMP detachment Feb 25 by the Pipestone Flyer, O’Dwyer said other stolen property was also recovered. “There was a fair bit,” he said by phone. “Tools, other valuables.” He said some of the stolen property was from northern Alberta and much of it came from one victim.

O’Dwyer stated in the release Kori Anthony Arseneault, John Andrew Kerr and Daniel Roy Mcdonald have all jointly been charged with four counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and individually each face multiple Breach of Condition charges in relation to this incident.

Kori Arsenault and John Kerr did not speak to bail and remained in custody. Daniel Mcdonald was released on a recognizance. All three men were scheduled to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on February 25.

O’Dwyer reminded Pipestone Flyer readers to keep an eye on their neighbourhoods, but not to confront suspicious people. “If they’re acting suspiciously, give us a call,” he said.

Readers in Wetaskiwin, Millet and parts east or west can call Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7200, those in Leduc area or east and west can call 780-980-7200. In an emergency, readers should always call 911.