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Canmore RCMP charge two men with bike thefts, fraud

Two Calgary men are facing multiple charges following a month-long investigation into bike thefts and frauds in Canmore.
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Canmore RCMP. EVAN BUHLER RMO PHOTO

CANMORE – Two Calgary men are facing multiple charges following a month-long investigation into bike thefts and frauds in Canmore.

A 37-year-old was charged with 21 offences, while a 43-year-old was charged with eight offences, the Canmore RCMP said in a media release.

Police said the two men were arrested on Wednesday (June 8) at about 3:30 p.m. downtown after the RCMP was alerted by a local business of a man attempting to use a fraudulent credit card.

Several counterfeit credit cards, identity documents, break-in instruments, tools to forge licence plates and stolen property were found during the arrests, according to police.

Among the charges are possession of stolen property, using a fake credit card, identity theft, theft and mischief under $5,000 and unauthorized possession of a weapon.

The 37-year-old man was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Canmore provincial court on June 29. The 43-year-old man was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Canmore provincial court on June 28.

The arrests come days after the Banff and Canmore RCMP detachments released information both units were investigating a spate of bike thefts.

Canmore police said several mid- to high-end mountain bikes had been stolen from residential and commercial properties between May 2 and June 4 which led to them increasing patrols where thefts were reported.

In Banff, the RCMP said low to higher-priced bikes had been stolen in areas such as Banff Avenue, Beaver Street, Squirrel Street, Caribou Street and the alley between Buffalo and Caribou streets.

Anyone with additional information can contact the Canmore RCMP at 403-678-5519. The Banff RCMP can be reached at 403-763-6600.

Anyone wanting to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at crimestoppers.ab.ca or www.P3Tips.com.


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