More than 100 stolen vehicles, trailers, farming equipment and other machinery was seized following an extensive Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) investigation in Camrose.
On Nov. 21, ALERT’s Auto Crimes unit conducted search warrants at 17 locations, predominantly in Camrose, but also in Camrose County, Ponoka County, and the Rural Municipality of Hillsdale, Sask. The search warrants were part of a lengthy investigation into organized crime.
Due to the volume of items recovered, ALERT is still in the process of cataloguing and processing seized evidence.
“ALERT appreciates the public interest and support of this investigation, but we ask for patience as the evidence is being processed. Once all the items are documented, investigators will work toward identifying and contacting the rightful owners,” said acting staff Sgt. Michael Fehr, ALERT Edmonton, in a press release.
An update will be provided once the evidence processing is completed.
Several suspects have been identified but no charges have yet been laid.
Upwards of 170 police officers were involved in the search warrant executions, including Camrose Police, Edmonton Police, Calgary Police, and RCMP detachments in St. Paul, Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, Rimbey, Strathcona County, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Killam, and several in Saskatchewan.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
“ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime,” stated the release.