Man wanted on warrants in relation to warm-up thefts
While members of the Calgary Police Service continue to conduct Operation Cold Start, police are seeking public assistance to locate a man wanted on warrants in relation to warm-up thefts.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, members of the CPS Auto Theft Team observed three vehicles parked together which had all been stolen while they were left running to warm up. Police used covert resources to identify and arrest two suspects, however a third offender is still outstanding. Investigators were able to identify the offender, who is currently wanted on warrants in relation to similar warm-up thefts in our city.
Patrick William CAMERON, 25, of Calgary, is wanted on 24 warrants including possession of stolen property, failing to attend court, failing to comply with conditions of release and driving while prohibited. Additional charges are expected.
CAMERON is described as 5’8” tall, 125 pounds, with a slim build, black hair and brown eyes. A photo of CAMERON is available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of CAMERON is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
APP: “P3 Tips”
Warm-up thefts are crimes of opportunity and continue to pose a risk to citizens in our community. Auto theft offenders routinely engage in high-risk criminal driving behaviour, have little regard for the safety of Calgarians, and do not care if a vehicle becomes damaged or involved in a collision.
Citizens who are planning to warm up their vehicle are reminded to:
- Never leave a running vehicle unattended, if the keys are inside the vehicle or if the vehicle has been started with a keyless ignition or push-button start.
- Use a remote starter whenever possible and keep your vehicle locked.
- Use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves.
- Never leave spare keys or garage door openers in or around your vehicle.
- Never leave children or pets in a running vehicle.
- Do not leave valuables, including identity documents and bank cards, in a vehicle.
- Report suspicious activity to police immediately by calling 403-266-1234 or 9-1-1 for crimes in progress.