Seeking public assistance to return stolen jewelry to rightful owners
We are looking to return jewelry and other items to their rightful owners after charging a man in relation to door-to-door thefts last month.
Between Friday, Aug. 11, 2023, and Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, investigators identified seven door-to-door break and enters targeting Calgary seniors that were believed to be connected. During these incidents, an offender approached a victim’s home, posing as an inspector or city employee, stating that he needed to check their furnace or hot water tank and needed to gain access to their residence. While inside, the offender stole various items, including jewelry and wallets. After the offender left the residence, the victims later realized that items from their home were missing and contacted police. In addition to cash, identity documents and bank cards, a total of 54 pieces of jewelry were stolen from the seven victims.
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, officers arrested and charged Ajaypal GILL, 31, of Edmonton with one count each of break and enter and trafficking stolen property.
As part of the investigation, we have seized additional items that are believed to be stolen and not yet reported to police. Photos of some of the items, including rare currency, pieces from a jewelry collection and jewelry box are being shared with the public in the hopes that someone recognizes the items.
Anyone who has been the victim of a theft is encouraged to report it to police by calling 403-266-1234.
When we recover stolen property, we always do our best to identify rightful owners, however in many cases, victims may not have reported the stolen property to police. To ensure your property is returned to you in the event it is lost or stolen, the Calgary Police Service encourages citizens to:
· Have a record of your property, including identifying marks and serial numbers.
· Always report the theft to police and provide specific information about each item stolen.
· Stolen property can be reported online, at any district office or by calling the non-emergency line.
Individuals with information about these thefts can also contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
APP: P3 Tips
Case # CA23372292/5049