A St. Paul man faces stolen property and trafficking charges after RCMP worked on a break and enter investigation over the weekend.
On Saturday morning at 11 a.m., St. Paul RCMP responded to a complaint of a break and enter from overnight.
The complainant had found some of the stolen items in the backyard of another residence in town.
A male subject was arrested at that location without incident and RCMP said they found evidence of drug trafficking during a search, including what is believed to be crystal meth, almost $1200 in cash, and a drug scale.
Mounties obtained a search warrant for the residence and several stolen items were recovered including six bicycles and several different types of power tools.
Douglas Zaraska (48) of St. Paul was charged with possession of stolen property under $5000 and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
He was released after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in St. Paul Provincial Court on Nov. 26.
St. Paul RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in returning some of the items as this investigation is still ongoing.
If any of these items are yours please contact St. Paul RCMP.
“This was a case of someone reporting being a victim of crime and the police using that information to uncover something a bit larger,” said Sgt. David Graham, St. Paul RCMP Detachment commander.
“We want to stress the importance of reporting crimes as they are sometimes a piece of a bigger puzzle. Record keeping of serial numbers is also crucial in returning stolen items to their rightful owners.”
If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the St. Paul RCMP Detachment at 780-645-8870 or their local police. 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.”