Calgary police say seven people have been charged and 11 stolen vehicles have been recovered following a two-week operation targeting car thefts.
The operation took place in January and February and involved multiple resources across the service, police said Friday.
Officers were staged in areas of the city with high numbers of stolen vehicles and responded immediately when a theft was reported.
Seven people are facing 24 criminal charges, in addition to nine charges under the Traffic Safety Act. Eighteen outstanding warrants were executed and 11 stolen vehicles with a total value of $147,000 were recovered.
Police say eight more criminal charges and four charges under the Traffic Safety Act are pending against an eighth person.
The charges include vehicle theft, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a stolen credit card, possession of other identity documents, obstruction of a peace officer, identity fraud, driving while disqualified and possession of a controlled substance.
“It takes less than a minute for an offender to see, enter and drive away with a vehicle that is left running,” police said in a news release.
“In many cases, the offender is also driving away with bank cards, credit cards, identification, keys and garage door openers that they can use to further victimize the vehicle owner.”
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