Calgary, AB,

Theft Charges and Fake Police Equipment Seized

The Calgary Police Service has charged two people in relation to thefts, and is looking to speak to anyone who may have been approached by a suspicious man suggesting he was a police officer.

In December 2014, a joint investigation involving Airdrie RCMP and the CPS District 7 Operations Team was initiated following a theft of approximately $8,000 worth of merchandise from Toys-R-Us in Cross Iron Mills mall.

On Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, members of the District Operations Team, with assistance of the Tactical Team, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 6200 block of 17 Avenue S.E.

As a result of the joint investigation and execution of the search warrant, Claudio Colin QUINTEROS, formerly known as Steve TODD, 29, of Calgary, was charged with one count of theft over $5,000.

Cara Patricia GAVIN, 32, of Calgary, was also charged with one count of theft over $5,000, and was arrested on outstanding warrants.

QUINTEROS and GAVIN were arrested as they exited a vehicle they were driving. A further search of the vehicle located a fake police badge, blue and red dash lights and handcuffs.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have been approached by a 2014 black Dodge Ram truck, with blue and red dash lights, or by a man posing as a plain-clothes police officer, to contact police. The man is described as approximately 30 years old, Caucasian, 5’7” tall, 240 lbs., with a goatee or under-beard.  

Upon further investigation, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, QUINTEROS was charged with three counts of robbery and one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

These charges stem from an alleged shoplifting with violence that occurred in August of 2014 at the Heritage Meadows Superstore.

QUINTEROS was also charged with an outstanding warrant for threats to cause bodily harm stemming from an allegation made in February 2015.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, or who has had an interaction with the man described posing as a police officer, is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477


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Case # 14294033/15054844 /4657/4537