Kijiji ad leads to recovery of stolen goods

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A stolen lawn mower will be returned to its owner after investigating an advertisement on a buy and sell site.

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Strathcona County RCMP and Fort Saskatchewan RCMP have made arrests after an investigation that led them online to Kijiji.

The investigation began on Friday, October 8 after the Strathcona County Property Crime Unit was called after someone spotted a suspect advertising stolen property on Kijiji.

The suspect was in Fort Saskatchewan and officers were able to locate him, arrest him without incident and recover the stolen lawn mower.

A 38-year-old man from Fort Saskatchewan has two outstanding charges of Possession of Stolen Goods and Trafficking in Stolen Goods.

The man’s name cannot be released, according to the RCMP, as his charges are subject to a Crown approval process.

This incident prompted the RCMP to remind residents to be wary of purchasing items online from buy and sell websites.

Investigators said that if you’re looking to buy property online, be sure to do your research and if a deal sounds too good to be true, or doesn’t sound legitimate, there’s likely a reason behind it.

Residents are also advised to take an inventory of their property and note the serial numbers for easy identification if the item has ever been stolen. The RCMP also suggests your branded items in a way that makes it easy to identify.

If you notice any suspicious activity on the buy and sell websites or in the Facebook Marketplace, we advise you to immediately notify the RCMP.

You can contact the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741.

Informants can also submit their information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at P3Tips.com, or on the P3Tips app.

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