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Online transaction and vehicle fraud investigation

Calgary Police Service District 4 officers have charged a man following a lengthy, and ongoing, investigation into online transaction and vehicle repair frauds.

In November 2015, police received a complaint from a man living in Newfoundland who had sent money in return for a vehicle part that was advertised on a buy and sell site. The vehicle part was never sent to him and he was unable to reach the person he had been communicating with to get his money back.

An investigation revealed more than 50 people across Canada have been victimized by the same type of scam. Victims report being contacted by a man after placing online ads looking for specific auto parts. The man would request a payment up-front or a deposit, to cover the cost of shipping. After receiving payment by e-transfer or wire transfer, the man would not send the vehicle parts, nor would he return any of the money he had obtained.

Other reports allege the man would offer to take on a vehicle for mechanical work and then either not complete the work, or he would claim the vehicles had been stolen from outside his residence. In these instances he also demanded to be paid up front.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, Jeffrey John KEIZER, 26, of Calgary, who also goes by the name of Jack Van Der Van, Kyle Brown and Kenny MacDonald, was arrested in southeast Calgary and charged with one count of theft of a motor vehicle and 10 counts of fraud under $5,000. KEIZER will next appear in court on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the RCMP, Saskatoon Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for their assistance in this investigation.

Anyone who believes they may have been defrauded during an online transaction is encouraged to contact the police non-emergency number 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Member Ordered Dismissed From the Service

The Calgary Police Service has dismissed a member after he was officially found responsible for multiple Police Service Regulation offences.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, Sgt. Anthony Braile was ordered dismissed from the Service. He admitted responsibility to nine counts of professional misconduct during a lengthy disciplinary proceeding, where the particulars were established at hearing.

The Presiding Officer found that, in his capacity as a District 2 street supervisor on Dec. 15, 2008, and while operating a marked vehicle, he initiated a traffic stop of a possible impaired driver operating a Ford F-350 pickup truck. The vehicle sped away from Sergeant Braile at a high rate of speed.

Sgt. Braile notified dispatch of the attempted traffic stop and direction of travel of the vehicle, and stated he was not following the truck. In fact, contrary to pursuit policy, he pursued the Ford F-350 for approximately 58 minutes through several residential areas and eventually into the downtown core, over a distance of 52 kilometres. The speeds attained during the course of the pursuit reached 145 km/h in less than favourable road and weather conditions. Sgt. Braile used Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) messaging to direct another unit under his command to assist in the pursuit, off the air.

While Sgt. Braile was driving the wrong way on 5th Avenue S.W., the F-350 collided at right angles in an intersection with a cab causing serious injuries to the taxi driver. At the scene of the collision, Sergeant Braile provided misleading and incomplete information to the District 1 Sergeant and the Duty Inspector who were working that evening. A criminal prosecution resulted, with Sgt. Braile ultimately pleading guilty to a charge of careless driving under the Traffic Safety Act (TSA).

Twenty-nine people charged in downtown operation

Twenty-nine people are facing 128 charges following two separate police operations in the downtown core to target drug trafficking and the violence that comes with it.

Following concerns brought forward by the public, the Calgary Police Service District 1 and the Drug Unit initiated the first operation in December 2015. This first phase focused resources on the 17 Avenue corridor where officers observed a number of drug-related activities taking place in front of, or in close proximity to, a number of family restaurants in the area. At the end of the first phase of this operation, seven people were arrested for a variety of drug and stolen property charges along with outstanding warrants.

“Drug activity breeds violence and property crime such as break and enters, car prowlings and vehicle thefts,” says District 1 Inspector Cliff O’Brien. “We will not tolerate this kind of activity preventing families and members of the public from enjoying our city and all that it has to offer.”

The second phase of the operation took place in January 2016 and targeted 7 Avenue S.W. where drug trafficking was observed to be taking place in public spaces frequented by families, such as restaurants, the Calgary Public Library and Olympic Plaza.

“Calgary’s Central Library is an integral part of Calgary’s downtown. Like all of our 18 community libraries, it is designed to offer a safe community place that provides Library services for all Calgarians within a respectful environment where lawful, civil behaviour is expected,” says Bill Ptacek, CEO, Calgary Public Library. “The Library and our 500,000+ patrons value that free and open approach and appreciate the Calgary Police Service’s commitment to the ongoing safety and security of our public spaces. The Library will continue to work closely with CPS.”

During the January phase of the operation, 22 people were charged and face 81 drug and criminal code charges. More than half are known to police for violence and property-related offences.

“It is essential that people continue to feel safe in the downtown. Focused CPS operations, like this one, have a significant impact on keeping serious crime in check,” says Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, Calgary Downtown Association.

The most commonly seized drug during this operation was crystal meth, followed by morphine. Fentanyl was only seized once out of more than 30 drug seizures.

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank our partner agencies for their support during these operations, and the members of the public who brought their concerns to our attention. Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.

“We can’t do this alone. Accurate and timely reporting allows us to deploy our resources where they are needed most. Never hesitate to call,” says Insp. O’Brien.

The following is a list of those who have been charged as a result of the two-month operations:

  • Lloyd Fred BRULE, 25
  • Robert Charles GOURLAY, 34
  • Daniel Paul MARQUIS, 33
  • Jayson YOUNGBERG, 45
  • Emily MASON, 29
  • Riley Gabe FIDDLER, 19
  • Andrew MAIER, 40
  • Jason KRUGER, 55
  • Justin BLACK, 25
  • Alexander MCNAIR, 37
  • Aaron MATHIAS, 36
  • Julius PEACEMAKER, 28
  • Brian JARVIS, 49
  • William DUFOUR, 25
  • Clifford TURNER, 58
  • Cory DEPRES, 35
  • Colleen CHOMA, 33
  • Darren TOMCZAK, 41
  • Joshua SERSON, 24
  • Robert JACOBSON, 39
  • Vanessa KITTIEKAYWINNIE, 26
  • Chasity COURTRE, 22
  • Brooke DIONNE, 22
  • Margaret WEASELHEAD, 29
  • Elena ZALDANA-PARENTEAU, 23
  • John REID, 57
  • Said ASHRAF, 40
  • Darren KENNEDY, 48
  • Peter MCKENZIE, 61

Police inspecting 150 body-worn cameras

The Calgary Police Service will be testing approximately 150 of its body-worn cameras after a technical problem with the built-in radio microphone portion of the devices was found in a small number of them.

The button officers use to talk on these radio microphones has become stuck on 14 devices, which can cause interference with the police radio network. As a proactive measure, police will be testing all devices to ensure no others are experiencing the same problem. Any devices that are functioning properly will be returned to service immediately.

The testing mainly affects officers in District 1. There are 26 body-worn cameras used by the Calgary Police Service Traffic Section that do not have built-in radio microphones. These cameras do not require testing and will remain in service.

The Calgary Police Service is committed to phasing in body-worn cameras across all areas of the Service by 2017 and this testing is not expected to have a significant impact on this roll-out. The company that manufactures the device is assisting with the testing and any resulting repairs as the cameras are still under warranty, so this process is not expected to create any additional cost for the Calgary Police Service.

More information on the body-worn camera program in Calgary can be found on the Calgary Police Service website.

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