October 21st, 2020

Coalhurst man facing charges after Coaldale RCMP recover more than $100,000 of stolen property


By Herald on July 21, 2020.

A Coalhurst man is facing charges after Coaldale RCMP say they recovered more than $100,000 of stolen property in a Coaldale storage unit.

At the end of June 2020, Coaldale RCMP, following up on information from a local business, executed a criminal code search warrant at a Coaldale storage unit. Recovered incident to the search warrant was more than $100,000.00 worth of stolen property. Property that was either stolen from area break and enters or through fraudulent use of a credit cards obtained using identity theft.

The stolen property included two cargo trailers,15 welders, a $9000 wicker patio set, various power tools, air compressors, a snow blower, ladders, new light fixtures, RV accessories and generators. Most of the stolen property has been returned to the owners. Some property is still held pending the identity of property owners.

Gerald Thurber (52) of Coalhurst, was arrested in early July resulting in a total of 46 charges being laid. This includes 24 counts of possession of stolen property over $5000, 12 counts of illegal possession of government identify documents and one count of possession of methamphetamine.  Thurber has been remanded in custody to July 27, 2020 where he is next to appear at Lethbridge Provincial Court.

Coaldale RCMP wish to remind area businesses of the identity type thefts and the fraudulent use of credit cards. To be alert and cautious to this criminal activity. The thefts and fraudulent purchases in this case were made in many areas including Bassano, Coaldale, Lethbridge County, Lethbridge and Taber.

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