Calgary, AB,

Police charge man in connection with stolen jewelry

The Calgary Police Service has charged a man after approximately $20,000 worth of stolen coins, jewelry and other items were found in his jewelry store.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Calgary Police Service received a tip that items stolen from homes in Cochrane were located at a jewelry store in the 8100 block of Beddington Boulevard N.W.

After investigating with support from the RCMP and City of Calgary Bylaw Services, police executed a search warrant at the business and confirmed that there was stolen property being sold there. It is believed the owner of the store was aware that the property was stolen when he purchased it.

Trung Van NGUYEN, 57, of Calgary, is charged with trafficking in stolen property under $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000 for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Police are reminding businesses that purchase second-hand property that they are required under the City of Calgary Business Licence Bylaw to keep specific records, including personal information of who sold them the property.

Calgarians are also encouraged to keep photos and records of any unique markings or serial numbers on valuable items. These records can be a big help to police when stolen property is recovered.

Citizens are also encouraged to ask questions when buying second-hand goods and to remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it could be a sign that the items were not aquired legitimately.