Man arrested, charged for series of thefts across western Canada

An Edmonton Police Service badge on the arm of an officer on Monday, December 6, 2021. Global News

A 35-year-old man has been arrested for a series of thefts across the western provinces.

The Edmonton Police Service’s Police Electronic Response Team (PERT) have been doing an investigation into property trafficking — in co-ordination with multiple RCMP jurisdictions — which kicked off after a vehicle was reported stolen.

A search warrant was issued and executed in early November. Police found “a myriad of reported and non-reported theft occurrences stretching across B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan,” according to a press release Monday.

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The total value of the stolen goods is around $500,000. Roughly $125,000 worth of stolen items have been recovered and returned to their rightful owners, police said.

Dennis Hyatt has been charged with trafficking stolen property obtained by a crime, fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and possession of stolen property under $5,000, among multiple other charges.

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Police have a list of outstanding items, which can be viewed here. Anyone with any information is asked to contact EPS at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers.

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