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Shotgun among stolen items recovered leading to dozens of charges for Calgary man

A sting targeting stolen vehicles related to break-and-enters has left a Calgary man who is well known to police facing dozens of charges.

Jesse Kaelin Strongeagle, 25, is well known to police

Calgary police say a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun was among recovered stolen items that have led to 40 charges against a Calgary man. (Calgary Police Service)

A sting targeting stolen vehicles related to break and enters has left a Calgary man who is well known to police facing dozens of charges.

"In many cases, offenders are committing break and enters with the sole purpose of stealing a vehicle," acting Sgt. Paul Hussey said in a release on Thursday.

"These thefts not only have an impact on the initial victim but are commonly linked to many other crimes impacting Calgarians, including drug trafficking and firearms offences."

In this case, Calgary police located a man driving a stolen 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe on July 14.

"The suspect drove the vehicle into the Chinook Mall parkade, parked the vehicle and attempted to enter the mall, however the mall was closed. While in the parkade, the suspect was arrested by members from the canine unit without incident," police said.

A search revealed a loaded Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, bear spray, a boat motor, credit cards and electronics.

The Calgary Police Service's centralized break and enter team and auto theft team and RCMP investigators worked together on this case, police said.

Well known to police

Jesse Kaelin Strongeagle of Calgary is facing 40 charges, including possession of a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm obtained by crime, breach of firearms prohibition, breach of probation, breach of a court order, possession of stolen property and dangerous driving.

The 25-year-old is no stranger to police.

Strongeagle was also charged with multiple offences in two separate incidents in June of last year and again in November.

He is scheduled to appear in court July 29.

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