June 12th, 2021

Lawyers seeking resolution in stolen property case

By Delon Shurtz on May 5, 2021.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Lawyers continue to discuss a massive stolen property case in hopes of avoiding a lengthy criminal trial.
Lethbridge lawyer Scott Hadford told a judge Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, he and the Crown prosecutor are working on resolving the case against 53-year-old Gerald David Thurber, who faces one charge of drug possession and nearly 50 charges in relation to possession of stolen property and possession of government identity documents.
Thurber was charged last year after RCMP recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen property they found in a Coaldale storage unit.
Coaldale RCMP, following up on information they received from a local business, searched the storage unit last June and discovered more than $100,000 worth of stolen property. Police reported the property was stolen from area break-ins or obtained by identity theft through fraudulent use of a credit card.
The stolen property included two cargo trailers,15 welders, a $9,000 wicker patio set, various power tools, air compressors, a snow blower, ladders, new light fixtures, generators and RV accessories. Most of the stolen property was returned to the owners.
Police said the offences were committed in several areas, including Bassano, Coaldale, Lethbridge County, Lethbridge and Taber.
The matter has been adjourned until May 19 to allow time for the Crown and defence to continue resolution discussions.
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