Calgary, AB,
23
November
2023
|
13:02
America/Denver

Re-vinning investigation uncovers drugs and weapons; charges laid

A six-month investigation by the Calgary Police Service Organized Crime & Offender Management Section into the theft, re-vinning and re-selling of vehicles, has resulted in the seizure of nearly 200 rounds of ammunition and charges against a man and a woman.

In May 2023, officers identified a suspect in the sale of a stolen vehicle that had a tampered vehicle identification number (VIN). In the months to come, further evidence was gathered, and a number of investigative leads were followed connecting the suspect to break and enters, in addition to the stolen vehicle operation.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, a search warrant was granted for the suspect’s property and vehicles and the following items were seized:

  • 48 grams of crystal methamphetamine
  • 775 grams of cannabis
  • Hydromorphone pills
  • 191 rounds of ammunition, including shotgun, rifle and pistol rounds
  • A .22 caliber air-powered pellet rifle
  • Molds for creating magnetic license plate numbers and letters
  • Printers and labels consistent with those used for vehicle manufacturer labels
  • Seven vehicles for further investigation

The value of the drugs seized is estimated to be $15,000. Two people have been arrested and charged in relation to this investigation.

Corey Allen BOUDREAU, 54, has been charged with:

  • Six counts of breach of a release order
  • One count of possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • One count of break and enter to commit theft
  • One count of possession of a controlled substance
  • Three counts of breach of firearms prohibition order
  • One count of possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Four counts of possession of a forged document

BOUDREAU will next appear in court today, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023.

Chasey Dee Marie THOMAS, 35, has been charged with

  • One count of possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • One count of possession of a controlled substance.

THOMAS will next appear in court on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023.

Each vehicle has a unique VIN used to identify and track the history of a vehicle. No two vehicles in operation are given the same VIN. Re-vinning, or replacing the vehicle’s original VIN with a fraudulent VIN, is a common method used by criminals to conceal stolen vehicles.

For crime prevention tips on auto theft and fraud, go to calgarypolice.ca: https://calgary.ca/cps/community-programs-and-resources/crime-prevention/auto-theft-and-fraud.html