Police seeking information in possibly-related vehicle thefts

Police seeking information in possibly-related vehicle thefts

Pictured here is one of the ATVs stolen in an early-morning theft last week. See the Sylvan Lake News Facebook page for pictures of the other stolen vehicles.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a number of vehicles stolen in two possibly-related thefts that took place in Sylvan Lake earlier this week.

The first incident on April 4 saw a white 2000 Rustler holiday trailer taken overnight from the back of a house on Hallgren Drive in Hewlett Park. Police on Tuesday confirmed that the trailer has since been recovered.

A small utility trailer holding two ATVs was then taken at around 6 a.m. on April 6 from a house on Harrigan Street — about a block away from the first incident.

In the second incident, two male suspects were seen driving away from the scene and heading south on Harper Drive before turning east onto Harrison Road. The vehicle they were seen driving was described as a possibly-lifted black diesel truck with a short box and regular cab.

The ATVs stolen included a red 2008 Honda and a black 2009 Arctic Cat. The single-axle trailer on which they were stolen bore the Alberta licence plate 75-1563.

Police said it’s not known whether the two crimes are related, but noted a “strong likelihood” due to their proximity and similar time frames.

“Please take this as a word of caution — if you have trailers in the area that are unsecured, take necessary steps to prevent theft,” said Cpl. James Allemekinders of the Sylvan Lake RCMP. “One of these trailers did in fact have locks on the hitch, but was still taken.”

Fitting hitch and wheel locks and blocking trailers are just some of the actions police recommend in order to make them difficult for thieves to steal.

Anyone with information on either of the thefts is asked to contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment at 403-858-3333. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Information provided to Crime Stoppers does not need to be accompanied by a name, and may result in a cash reward if it leads to an arrest.