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Edmonton: Three arrested in vehicle, firearms, property theft series

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Three arrested in vehicle, firearms, property theft series

December 3, 2020
Two men and one woman are facing multiple charges in connection to a crime series involving break-and-enters and auto thefts spanning several weeks.

The week of November 16, the EPS Targeted Response to Auto-theft Prevention (TRAP) Team became involved in the investigation of two break-and-enters and a theft of motor vehicle that occurred in a multi-unit residential complex in the area of Hanna Crescent and Haddow Drive in Terwillegar. At that time, the EPS issued a news release seeking to identify a suspect.

The TRAP team took the lead on the file and were able to link five stolen vehicles to a series of theft of motor vehicles, break-and-enters, theft from vehicles and a personal robbery that had occurred between October 25 and November 19 in Edmonton. In collaboration with Parkland RCMP, TRAP also linked the suspects to two rural break-and-enters near Stony Plain, during which at least five firearms were stolen, as well as an ongoing investigation headed by the BC Lower Mainland District RCMP in relation to a rash of break-and-enters and theft of motor vehicles. Investigators determined the suspects had recently relocated from BC to the Stony Plain area.

On November 26, 2020, TRAP and Parkland RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) arrested Nicholas Konrad Kirszenstein, 36 and Trevor Taylor, 38 in Spruce Grove in connection to the theft series. Police located a loaded handgun on Kirszenstein’s person at the time of his arrest. Tara Brown, 33, was arrested later the same day at a residence in Stony Plain.

Parkland RCMP SCU executed a search warrant at the Stony Plain address, where they located nine stolen firearms, stolen tools, identity documents and more than $8,000 CAD. As well, a total of six stolen vehicles, a stolen trailer and a stolen ATV were recovered as a result of the investigation.

Handgun found on accused at time of arrest

Firearms seized during warrant

Collectively, the EPS and Parkland RCMP have charged the three accused with more than 80 offences.

The EPS has charged Nicholas Konrad Kirszenstein, 36Trevor Colt Taylor, 38, and Tara Brown, 33, with 23 property- related charges each, including break and entertheft of motor vehicle, and possession of stolen propertyKirszenstein also faces a personal robbery charge.

Parkland RCMP has charged Kirszenstein with five break-and-enter and weapons-related offences, Taylor with five offences that include break-and-enter and weapons-related charges as well as assault peace officer, and Brown with four break-and-enter and weapons-related charges.

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Details start to emerge about shooter at Trump rally as investigation continues

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Crooks graduated from Bethel Park School District in 2022. Community members said Crooks lived with his parents, according to multiple media reports.

U.S. Secret Service agents killed the 20-year-old Pennsylvania man who targeted former President Donald Trump at a rally on Saturday as investigators continue to search for a motive.

The FBI identified Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, as the shooter.

Crooks shot at Trump during a rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday evening. Trump was struck in the ear. The former president urged supporters to continue to “fight” as U.S. Secret Service agents moved him from the stage to a waiting vehicle. Trump later called for unity after the shooting.

Crooks graduated from Bethel Park School District in 2022. Community members said Crooks lived with his parents, according to multiple media reports.

Crooks crawled on the roof of a manufacturing plant about 130 yards away from the stage at Butler Farm Show grounds, The New York Post reported. He fired five to seven shots before he was shot and killed by Secret Service agents.

A local police officer confronted Crooks on the roof shortly before the assassination attempt, the Associated Press reported Sunday. When Crooks pointed his rifle at the officer, the officer retreated, the AP reported. Crooks then began shooting at Trump.

Authorities found an AR-style semi-automatic rifle at the scene. Crooks was wearing a shirt for a gun-focused YouTube channel called Demolition Ranch.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that law enforcement found explosives inside Crooks’ car, which was found parked near the Pennsylvania rally. Bomb technicians were investigating, the Journal reported.

Federal authorities have yet to reveal a motive for the shooting, but are investigating. As the work continues Sunday, investigators have made finding a motive and determining whether the shooter had accomplices top priorities.

Crooks was a registered Republican, according to state voter status records.

The shooter made one $15 donation to the liberal ActBlue political action committee on Jan. 20, 2021, which was Biden’s Inauguration Day, the Intercept reported.

Police have blocked off the streets near Crooks’ house, according to media reports.

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Police Officer Encountered Shooter Before He Fired At Trump: REPORT

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A law enforcement officer encountered shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks before he fired at former President Donald Trump Saturday during a Pennsylvania rally, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

Crooks pointed his rifle at an officer who climbed onto the building roof, prompting him to retreat down the ladder, two anonymous law enforcement officials told the AP. Crooks then fired his weapon at Trump.

Rally attendees had earlier alerted police that a man was climbing onto the roof of a building near the rally, the two officers told AP.

Trump’s ear was wounded in Saturday’s assassination attempt. Before Secret Service rushed him off the stage, Trump gestured to the crowd by raising his fist, video shows.

One attendee, identified as former volunteer fire chief Corey Comperatore, was fatally shot Saturday. Two others were critically injured.

Butler County Sheriff Michael T. Slupe told The Washington Post Sunday that a police officer encountered Crooks moments before he fired at Trump.

A witness told BBC News during an interview Saturday that he tried to warn police about the assassination attempt after noticing “a guy crawling” up the building and seeing that he “clearly” had a rifle, but he said the police responded with confusion. The individual alleged security did nothing for several minutes.

“They didn’t know what was going on,” the witness told BBC News. “We’re like, ‘hey, right here on the roof, we can see him from right here! We can see him.

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