Edmonton Police Charge 3 in ‘RV Trafficking’
A lengthy Edmonton Police Service investigation into a travel trailer theft ring has led to 95 charges against three men, including a former Edmonton man who masterminded one of the largest Internet-based frauds in history.
The Edmonton Journal reported that Kelly Yates, 50, Alyn Waage, 67, and Donald White, 56, face charges, including trafficking in stolen property, possession of stolen property and tamper with VIN. Yates is still wanted by police in connection to the case.
Edmonton police began their investigation in October 2013, and executed a search warrant at a residence on Lindsay Crescent. Police say they found a stolen Ford F-350 truck, a Custom Weld Viper 2 jet boat, a Gateway boat trailer, and other property totalling $198,300.
The auto theft unit began an investigation, assisted by the Saskatoon police, RCMP and Insurance Bureau of Canada. Police allege they uncovered an extensive fraudulent registration scheme for recreational vehicles that extended across Western Canada.
The vehicles, which police say were stolen from driveways, parking lots and storage lots in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, mostly came from outside of Edmonton.
Police say that the vehicles were sold under false vehicle identification numbers and counterfeit bills of sale through online services such as Kijiji. Over the course of the investigation, police say they recovered equipment, including travel trailers, fifth-wheels and utility trailers, that total $863,130 in value.
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