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RCMP dismantle Lacombe County 'chop shop'

Alberta RCMP are investigating an alleged chop shop after more than $400,000 in stolen property was recovered from a property northeast of Red Deer.

Man and woman facing charges in the case

RCMP say they recovered $400,000 worth of stolen property in rural Lacombe County. (Alberta RCMP )

Alberta RCMP are investigating an alleged chop shop after more than $400,000 in stolen property was recovered from a property northeast of Red Deer.

Officers with the Priority Crimes Task Force, and several central Alberta detachments, executed a search warrant Sept. 9 on a rural property on Range Road 250 in Lacombe County.

During the search, officers recovered a stash of stolen vehicles and equipment, including a solar-powered generator valued at $65,000, five motorcycles, four trucks, six ATVs and one riding lawn mower.

Many of the vehicles had VINs removed or altered and some were in various stages of disassembly, police say.

Firearms, ammunition and other weapons, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a number of stolen tools and more than $10,000 in cash were also found.

Blackfalds RCMP have been investigating the property since the spring of 2016.

A previous search warrant conducted at the property on March 23 by Blackfalds and Red Deer RCMP resulted in police recovering a stolen truck, flat deck trailer, motorcycle and backhoe, valued at approximately $150,000.

Since then, RCMP say they have continued to conduct regular patrols of the property, recovering several more stolen trailers and laying criminal charges against several individuals.   

A 35-year-old Lacombe County woman and a 28-year old man faces charges in the case, and police say further charges are pending.

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