Virden detachment pursued a report of theft which led to the recovery of stolen goods and a warrant for the arrest of a man from Melita.
On Sept. 20, Virden RCMP responded to a report of a theft of items in the RM of Pipestone from an energy company lease site. Numerous items were stolen from a storage trailer including hand tools, power tools, a barbeque, and electronics among other things.
After interviewing several individuals and following leads provided by victims, the investigation led to a property on Government Road in Melita. Members obtained a search warrant for the property and executed it, recovering various tools, and the other items. A John Deere lawn mower was also located, discovered to be stolen from the area a few weeks prior.
Some of the evidence gathered during the initial search led to the discovery of additional stolen property, which led Virden’s Cst. Robillard to write another search warrant. A second search warrant authorized by a Justice, resulted in the recovery of more stolen property.
Steven Stewart Lundle, 34, who has a last known address in Melita, was charged with four counts of Possession of Stolen Property.
Because he was not located during the investigation, a warrant of arrest has been issued. Lundle is known to frequent the Carnduff and Carlyle areas in Saskatchewan. There is also a Saskatchewan warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court on July 8, for drug possession charges in Carlyle, Sask.
Police would like to remind the public to keep a record of serial numbers of your property. This enables law enforcement to easily identify stolen goods. Sgt. Fefchak said, “For all would-be thieves out there, if a serial number is modified, altered, or removed, police will consider the item to be stolen and take it from you as well.”