Male and Female Charged with Trafficking Stolen Property
Two Medicine Hat residents are charged with trafficking stolen property, following a month-long investigation by the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Priority Street Crimes Team.
The investigation, which began in late October 2018, involved stolen property sold online. Following an investigation that revealed thefts in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Coledale, AB, a search warrant was subsequently executed at the couple’s residence where several thousand dollars’ worth of property was seized, including; baby monitors, electric drills, welding equipment. The total value of the property recovered is estimated at $10,000.
Scott Saunders, 37 years old, and Lindsay Saunders, 34 years old, both from Medicine Hat, AB, have been charged with several offences including; Trafficking in Stolen under $5,000, Proceeds of Crime Under $5,000, Possession for Purpose of Trafficking under $5000 and over $5,000. A 2014 Dodge Journey operated by the couple was also seized as Proceeds of Crime.
Scott Saunders was released on a $2,000 no cash recognizance with conditions to appear back in Provincial Court on December 18, 2018.
Lindsay Saunders was remanded into custody and is set to appear back in Provincial Court on November 27, 2018.
Retail crimes cost Canadian retailers an estimated $4.6 billion per year. While major retail chains are often the target of retail crimes, local stores are not immune. Retail crime impacts all of us as often the money raised from this type of crime is used to fund other, more serious criminal activity, like purchasing drugs or weapons, which undermines the safety of our community. In addition, the cost of the loss and increasing security to prevent further loss, is passed along to consumers through higher prices.
The MHPS works closely with local retailers to attempt to reduce retail crimes, but everyone can help by recognizing and refusing to purchase stolen goods. Before buying online, compare the price of goods to their typical market value. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Ask the sellers how they obtained the property and why they are selling it so cheap. If the answers do not add up, it should be cause for concerns. In addition, if you check to see what else the seller has for sale, and they are selling primarily new goods and are not a business it should be a red flag. Contact the MHPS when you see people shoplifting or selling goods online that you believe to be stolen by calling the non-emergency line at 403-529-8481 or submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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