Foothills man facing charges of property theft, fraud
High River: RCMP still searching for stolen trailers
| Posted: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 02:58 pm
A Foothills man is facing 51 charges in relation to a string of property thefts throughout Southern Alberta.
Cpl. Lindsey Anderson of the Calgary RCMP Auto Theft Unit said that the accused was initially arrested on Feb. 7, 2014 when a second search warrant was executed on a property southeast of High River to recover the stolen property. During the search, RCMP members seized a stolen tractor, five stolen trailers, firearms and other property.
Anderson said the tractor had been stolen from Strathmore, and the trailers were stolen from various locations across Southern Alberta.
Further investigation was conducted into suspected “fraudulent activities” of the accused. Police believe that over the last four years the accused had been forging Vehicle Identification Numbers on the stolen trailers, and would then register them using fraudulent bills of sale so he would be able to sell them to unsuspecting buyers.
Anderson said at least 25 people were victims of these offenses, as for each piece of property there was the victim it was originally stolen from as well as the individual who then purchased the stolen property. RCMP have seized 15 trailers at this time and are currently still searching for others. Additionally, Anderson said five trailers which had not yet been sold were recovered at the property.
RCMP are going through the processes of returning the property to their rightful owners, but in some cases payouts had already been made to the victims who had theft-insurance on their property. In those cases, the property is returned to the insurance companies who then auction it off.
Norman Fehr, 61, is scheduled to appear in Okotoks Provincial court on April 29, 2014 on criminal charges of possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking, removing an identification number, fraudulent concealment, trafficking in property obtained by crime, utter forged document, possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use/storage of a firearm, and fraud over $5,000.