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Southern Alberta RCMP Crime Reduction Team and CPS join forces to solve ATM Thefts

Southern Alberta District, Alta. – The Crime Reduction Team with Calgary Police Service made an arrest yesterday following a lengthy investigation into several ATM thefts which have been occurring through December and January in the Calgary region.

48-year-old Guy Stewart of Calgary was arrested yesterday in Calgary by the Calgary Police Service. A search warrant was executed at a residence resulting in the recovery of one of the stolen ATMS.

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Stewart has been charged with 40 criminal code offences, all but one related to ATMs. These charges cleared investigations from several jurisdiction as follows:

Irricana:

–       break and enter to a business

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence

–       possession of stolen property over $5,000

–       fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (x2)

Beiseker:

–       break and enter and theft to a business

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence

Three Hills:

–       break and enter and theft to a business

Okotoks:

–       break and enter to a business

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence

–       possession of stolen property over $5,000

–       fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (x2)

–       mischief under $5,000

Chestermere:

–       break and enter to a business

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence

–       possession of stolen property over $5,000

–       fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (x2)

Airdrie:

–       break and enter to a business

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence

–       fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (x2)

Crossfield:

–       break and enter to a business and commit theft

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence

–       fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (x2)

Strathmore:

–       break and enter to a business and commit theft

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence

–       fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (x2)

High River:

–       operate a motor vehicle while being pursued by a police officer

Calgary:

–       break and enter to a business (x 2)

–       wear a disguise during the commission of an offence (x2)

–       fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance (x4)

Crossfield incident

The Crime Reduction Team joined forces with our partner agency, Calgary Police Service to coordinate this multi-jurisdiction investigation. Assistance was provided by the Criminal Analyst by way of coordinating the various file information. As well, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinator, Airdrie Crime Reduction Unit and the victims involved in these incidents helped to pave the way for a successful outcome.

A judicial interim release hearing has been held, and Stewart remains in custody.  He is scheduled to appear next in Provincial Court of Alberta in Calgary, on February 6, 2019.

“This investigation resulted from old-fashioned police work, lots of hours and communication amongst several different detachments” says Corporal Jared Spencer of the Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Team.  “This showcases the type of success our Team is focussed on.”

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