For Immediate Release | June 03, 2019
RCMP - Crime Stoppers - Man Investigated for Possession of Stolen Property, Drugs and Voyeurism
St. Albert RCMP are investigating a St. Albert man for multiple charges resulting from some Suspicious Person reports. On Sunday, May 26, 2019, at approximately 11:45 p.m., St. Albert RCMP received a report from a concerned resident that there was a suspicious Ford Explorer parked on the street in the Northridge neighbourhood.
The resulting police investigation found that the 2013 grey Ford Explorer SUV was reported stolen from the Lacombe Park neighbourhood in March of 2019. As the investigation continued, a quantity of drugs, stolen property and tools that could be used to commit Break and Enter crimes were seized by police.
The man found in the stolen SUV, was arrested.
This same man is also connected to a lengthy investigation that has been conducted by St. Albert RCMP in regards to multiple reports of a suspicious man looking into residential windows from backyards. The police investigation alleges that this man was watching people and taking photos of them in various states of undress. He is also alleged to have committed an indecent act while sitting in his vehicle in a public place on at least one occasion.
While it is alleged that this man had tools to break into vehicles, RCMP did not find any evidence that he has broken into any homes.
Vincent James Whitford, age 36, a resident of St. Albert, has been charged with:
- 31 Counts of Voyeurism
- 1 Count of Indecent Act
- 3 Counts of Possession of Stolen Property, all under the Criminal Code, and
- 1 Count of Possession of a Controlled Substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
He was released from police custody with several conditions including having a nightly curfew, not to have any contact with the victims of the voyeurism charges and not to be on any residential property without the permission of the property owner. He is scheduled to appear in St. Albert Provincial Court on July 8, 2019 for the property related charges, and on July 22, 2019 for the Voyeurism charges.
St. Albert RCMP thanks the person who reported this suspicious person as that report has resulted in further crimes being prevented. “We encourage residents to continue to report suspicious activity to the police.” Says Inspector Pam Robinson. “Do not assume someone else has reported it. Your tips help guide patrol activity and special operations in your community.”
St. Albert RCMP also encourages residents to continue to practice simple crime prevention strategies such as the #9PMRoutine:
- It’s 9PM. Have you removed your valuables from your vehicle?
- Have you locked up your vehicle, closed your garage door and locked your home?
- Have you closed your windows and your curtains?
If you have information about this crime and would like to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at p3tips.com, or with the P3 Tips app. Crime Stoppers does not collect information about your identity. A tip leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
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