Social media in Drumheller was abuzz on Monday with news that car thieves have been plying their trade in town.
No fewer than four vehicles were stolen in the area of 8 Avenue and 1 St, SW and others had things taken from them.
"The 2018 GMC Sierra, we end up tracking it in Calgary, abandoned," reported RCMP Constable Eric Doucette. "Another vehicle was stolen and that one was only taken up around the corner (but) on that same key ring, the owner had keys for his F250 and that vehicle ended up being recovered in Calgary as well."
In the latter case, three young women were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.
"It sounds like there was a group of people that came and targetted this area for whatever reason," speculated Doucette. "There was three in the one truck (Ford) that was recovered, there was at least one other individual that was in the other truck (GMC) before they dumped it and there was some surveillance of the area that showed two males. We weren't able to identify them, at least at this time."
On April 21 local RCMP ran a campaign encouraging people to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight. Apparently, not everyone got the message.
"To have that many vehicles in that small area, it seems like a lot of people still aren't doing it, so that's unfortunate," stated Doucette. "There's a lot of people who didn't have their vehicles broken into and it's likely because they were locked, so the key to prevention is to secure your own belongings."