Five people are facing charges after Grande Prairie RCMP deployed their decoy vehicle throughout October. They teamed up with crime analysts who helped them place the cars in strategic locations based on data they had collected.
RCMP say property crime is a priority for them and this operation was meant to identify and charge people committing the crimes. While not releasing details about the vehicle or locations used, police say they hope by informing the public of this program it will deter further thefts.
28 year old Jordan Zahara-Budd is facing a dozen charges. That includes possession of break-in instruments and failing to remain at the scene of a collision. He is scheduled to appear in court November 20.
Joshua Anderson will also be in a Grande Prairie court Novermber 20. The 34 year old is facing a number of charges including obstruction and possession of a controlled substance.
57 year old Ronald Callahan was charged withe theft under $5000 and failure to comply. Police also say that a warrant has been issued for Callahan’s arrest.
Eric Olson, 47, is facing two charges and is scheduled to appear in provincial court December 4. 21 year old Matthew Goodliffe is also facing a charge of theft under $5,000 and is to appear in court December 20.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous