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UPDATE 2: RCMP arrest subject in relation to recent ATM thefts in East Central Alberta

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UPDATE #2

Nov. 26, 2019

Hanna, Oyen & Consort RCMP arrest subject in relation to recent ATM thefts – UPDATE – Charges laid

Hanna, Alta. – Charges have been laid against a male in relation to recent ATM thefts in both Oyen and Hanna.  The male was arrested following a pursuit which occurred on Nov. 24 and involved police resources from several different detachments.

26-year-old Rick Ernest Atzler of Fawett, Alta has been charged with:

From Hanna:

–       Robbery with a firearm

–       Pointing a firearm

–       Theft over $5,000

–       Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

–       Fail to stop for police

From Consort:

–       Possession of property obtained by crime (x2)

–       Various firearms offences (x6)

–       Fail to stop for police

The investigation continues and charges are still pending from Oyen, Coronation and Provost detachments.

A judicial interim release hearing has been held.  Atzler is remanded in custody to attend court in Hanna on Nov. 28 and in Coronation on Nov. 29.

The RCMP continue to investigate the ATM thefts and are working to identify the second suspect involved.

The RCMP are requesting that any member of the public who was on the road and affected by this pursuit in any fashion contact the Hanna RCMP at 403-854-3393.

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BACKGROUND:

UPDATE #1

Nov. 24, 2019

Hanna, Oyen & Consort RCMP arrest subject in relation to recent ATM thefts

Hanna Alberta, Hanna RCMP continue seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a female associated with a business break-in and ATM theft that occurred in Hanna Alberta on November 24th, 2019.  At 5:30 a.m. November 24th, 2019, two masked individuals broke through the front door of the Canada Grey Motor Inn, in Hanna, AB.  Using a stolen Ford F150, the suspects smashed the main entrance and pulled out the ATM.

The vehicle described in this break and enter was recovered in Consort, AB.

A lengthy pursuit this afternoon, November 24th, 2019 throughout eastern Alberta took place involving a subject believed to be involved with the recent ATM thefts throughout Oyen and Hanna.  The driver of the vehicle in the pursuit failed to stop for police, evading the deployed spike belts. Assistance was provided by the Wainwright; Provost; Vermillion; Consort; Coronation; Oyen and Hanna RCMP Detachments. Members of the RCMP Police Dog Services stationed in Calgary, Red Deer and Lloydminster also responded.

At this time the driver of the vehicle involved in the pursuit is in custody.  Charges have not been brought before the court at this time, identity of the accused will not be provided until that has occurred.

During the arrest a sawed-off pump action shot gun was seized as well as a number of materials consistent with break and enter tools.

“Police look to remind businesses to remain vigilant after routine hours” said Cst. Patrick Lambert, Media Relations Unit, “When in doubt, safety first and call the police.”

If you have any information, or have seen anything suspicious in the area, please contact the Hanna RCMP at 403-854-3393.   If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

 

Hanna, Oyen & Consort RCMP arrest subject in relation to recent ATM thefts

Hanna Alberta, Hanna RCMP continue seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a female associated with a business break-in and ATM theft that occurred in Hanna Alberta on November 24th, 2019.  At 5:30 a.m. November 24th, 2019, two masked individuals broke through the front door of the Canada Grey Motor Inn, in Hanna, AB.  Using a stolen Ford F150, the suspects smashed the main entrance and pulled out the ATM.

The vehicle described in this break and enter was recovered in Consort, AB.

A lengthy pursuit this afternoon, November 24th, 2019 throughout eastern Alberta took place involving a subject believed to be involved with the recent ATM thefts throughout Oyen and Hanna.  The driver of the vehicle in the pursuit failed to stop for police, evading the deployed spike belts. Assistance was provided by the Wainwright; Provost; Vermillion; Consort; Coronation; Oyen and Hanna RCMP Detachments. Members of the RCMP Police Dog Services stationed in Calgary, Red Deer and Lloydminster also responded.

At this time the driver of the vehicle involved in the pursuit is in custody.  Charges have not been brought before the court at this time, identity of the accused will not be provided until that has occurred.

During the arrest a sawed-off pump action shot gun was seized as well as a number of materials consistent with break and enter tools.

“Police look to remind businesses to remain vigilant after routine hours” said Cst. Patrick Lambert, Media Relations Unit, “When in doubt, safety first and call the police.”

If you have any information, or have seen anything suspicious in the area, please contact the Hanna RCMP at 403-854-3393.   If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Seller BEWARE! Warning for anyone selling online. Red Deer man bombarded by scam artists

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This article is submitted by Tim Lasiuta of Red Deer

Kijiji, navigating scam buyers

It all started with what seemed to be a good idea.

I needed to sell a few items and other than eBay, Kijiji was the next best option.  After all, I had success on precious occasions selling other items and services to help make ends meet in a tough Alberta economy.

Comic books in hand, my ad seemed pretty simple.

“Collectors comics for sale, $1000 in value. Asking $500.  Contact Tim at….”

Not that I expected people to come running out of the electronic bushes to fight over my well cared for comic books and anthologies, but I did not expect what happened over the next 3 days.

I had included my cell phone number so I could at least talk to people about what they might want.  However, with the advent of the global marketplace sellers are exposed to international buyers.

Shortly after posting my ad, I received a response via text asking what seemed to be a legitimate response.

“I want to buy my son a birthday present.  This is a surprise.  What is your firm price?  Why are you selling?  What is your phone number?  What is your paypal account?  What is your address so we can pick them up?”

That all seemed good once I answered the questions and sent pictures of all 70 comic books and 30 hardcovers.

Within a few minutes, I received the following response:

“Okay, sound good.  I will pay you through PayPal, you can easily get money in your PayPal and transfer it into your bank account.  Let me know if you accept my method of payment and I will also contact the shipping company that will come down to your location for pick up after the payment clears to your account.”

It still sounded okay, but not quite normal.  After all, I had sold much through paypal and people just transfer funds as required.

That did not prepare me for what was next though.

I received what seemed to be a PayPal notice for $850 usd.  However, I wanted $500.  And the note included a shipping agent contact stating I had to send $300 to the agent to release the $850!

By this time, I was very suspicious and knew that was a scam.

I continued with the conversation and was assured this was not a scam and the funds really were on hold.  They did want them.

By this point, I gave up on this particular scammer and waited for a legitimate local buyer.

The end was not near however, as 3 more individuals contacted me over the next 2 days to offer the same thing!  All were out of country phone numbers, Colorado, Nevada and Indiana.

Looking back on the transaction, I researched their methods and discovered that the pay to release funds is not new and was based in Nigeria originally.  Now, it seems to come from the United States.

Their pattern can be summed up in four steps.

  1. Contact you saying they cannot come to see the asset in person and ask you questions.
  2. They agree to the price, no matter how large.
  3. They theoretically send you more than you ask for, demanding an advance payment to release the funds.
  4. You will never receive the rest, your paypal account is zero with no option to recover.

The buyers, as it were, hide beneath foreign cell phone numbers and redirected email addresses.  Once you engage them with the $300, you can no longer fight the battle.  Report these individuals IF you can identify them, but otherwise run!I write this cautionary tale so other sellers can be aware of those who prey on potential sellers, no matter where you live.

By the way, there is no happy ending to this story yet.  My comic books are still for sale and I still need to post items to make rent this month.

May you all find real buyers.

Tim Lasiuta

403-396-1773

 

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$50,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest of this murder suspect

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Homicide suspect Amin Yussuf still sought on Canada-wide warrants

EPS partners with “Bolo Program”

The EPS’ Homicide Section is still looking for Amin Yussuf, 29, who remains wanted on Canada-wide warrants in connection to the shooting death of 26-year-old Abubeker Gemechu Abduraman, on March 24, 2019.

On March 24, 2019, the Edmonton Police Service responded to a weapons complaint at Xhale Lounge (8120 101 Street). Upon arrival, investigators located Abduraman deceased inside the lounge. Two other individuals were also shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting.

Yussuf is wanted for first degree murder, attempted murder using a firearm(x2) and unauthorized possession of a firearm. He is also known by the following aliases: Abdirizak Yussuf, Craig Yussuf, Mohemed Yussuf, Mohemed Mohamed and Mohammed Farrah.

Yussuf has connections to Yellowknife and Hay River in the Northwest Territories, as well as Edmonton, Alberta; Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Toronto, Ontario. He is described as a black male, with brown eyes and black hair. He is six feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.

The EPS has partnered with the Bolo Program to complement police efforts in locating Yussuf.  The Bolo Program amplifies police requests for public assistance on most wanted cases, focusing on the most serious criminal offences. In cooperation with the Crime Stoppers Association of Edmonton and Northern Alberta, the Bolo Program offers a reward up to CAD $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest of this suspect. This reward is only available until July 21, 2020.

Yussuf is considered armed and dangerous, and therefore should not be approached. Investigators are urging anyone with information regarding Yussuf’s whereabouts to contact the EPS directly at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

Wanted: Amin Yussuf, 29

First degree murder

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