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Four charged in $3M stolen property inestigation


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Camrose RCMP say they’ve charged four people in connection with a years-long investigation involving more than $3 million in stolen property.

The investigation, called “Operation Elephant,” began in 2021 after police received tips from the public about stolen property, said a Tuesday release from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT). They issued 17 search warrants in December 2022, most of which were in the Camrose area.

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On May 15, police charged Gaye Turnbull, 70, Trevor Turnbull, 44, Jeffrey Roblin, 37, and Kenneth Wipp, 53, ending a nearly three-year investigation that retrieved roughly 90 stolen vehicles, trailers and farm equipment. 

“Stolen farm equipment, machinery and recreational vehicles can be incredible losses (that shake) the perception of safety in rural communities,” said Insp. Angela Kemp with ALERT Edmonton. “Although many of the recovered stolen items were returned, there’s still a significant impact and costs incurred.”

Police also seized nine residential and commercial properties.

Gaye Turnbull is charged with:

  • possession of property obtained by crime
  • possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking
  • trafficking in property obtained by crime
  • conspiracy to traffic in property obtained by crime
  • laundering proceeds of crime
  • tampering with a vehicle identification number
  • attempting to possess property obtained by crime

Roblin is charged with:

  • possession of property obtained by crime
  • possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking
  • trafficking in property obtained by crime
  • conspiracy to traffic in property obtained by crime
  • laundering proceeds of crime
  • tampering with a vehicle identification number
  • attempt to possess property obtained by crime

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Trevor Turnbull is charged with:

  • possession of property obtained by crime
  • possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking
  • trafficking in property obtained by crime
  • laundering proceeds of crime

Wipp is charged with:

  • public mischief
  • perjury
  • attempted fraud
  • possession of property obtained by crime
  • unauthorized possession of a firearm

The four accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Camrose court on Wednesday, ALERT said. Police said the equipment was stolen for “business purposes.”

“This investigation shows that not all organized crime involves guns and drugs,” said Chief Dean LaGrange of the Camrose Police Service. “High-value property crimes not only impact the victims of the theft but all of Albertans through increased insurance rates.”


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