October 31st, 2020

Coaldale RCMP seize more than $100K in stolen property


By Jensen, Randy on July 22, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALD – COALDALE

A Coalhurst man is facing 46 charges following an investigation by Coaldale RCMP into stolen property at a Coaldale storage unit.

At the end of June, Coaldale RCMP, following up on information from a local Coaldale business, executed a criminal code search warrant at a storage unit. The search warrant resulted in the recovery of more than $100,000 worth of stolen property.

RCMP said in a news release it was determined the property was either stolen from area break and enters or through fraudulent use of credit cards obtained using identity theft.

The stolen property included two cargo trailers, 15 welders, a $9,000 wicker patio set, various power tools, air compressors, a snowblower, ladders, new light fixtures and RV accessories and generators. Most of the stolen property has been returned to the owners while some property is being held pending the identity of property owners.

Gerald Thurber, 52, of Coalhurst, was arrested earlier this month on 46 charges. Charges include 24 counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, 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 where he is next to appear at Lethbridge provincial court.

Coaldale RCMP are reminding area businesses to be aware of identity type thefts and the fraudulent use of credit cards. The thefts and fraudulent purchases in this case were made in many areas including Bassano, Coaldale, Lethbridge County, Lethbridge and Taber.

The public is urged to report suspicious activity to the Coaldale RCMP at (403) 345-5554 or your local police service.

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