Police charge male with numerous thefts from vehicles

Lethbridge Police have charged a 44-year-old man in connection with numerous thefts from vehicles, including recent incidents at local running areas where property was left inside vehicles.

On Aug. 1, 2018 following a short investigation, police identified a suspect in a string of vehicle prowling/theft incidents. He was arrested without incident at a southside residence where police subsequently located more than 80 items of stolen property including bank cards, ID, a passport, cell phones, purses, wallets, cash, keys, medications, electronics, collector coins, gift cards and more. Investigation determined the thefts were committed to feed a drug habit.

Police continue to remind the community to never leave any valuables inside an unattended vehicle and always ensures doors and windows are secured. In one instance related to the above offences, property that had been hidden under a seat was located and stolen. The only way to guard against theft is to always remove all valuables. If you are going out for a walk or a run, carry only the items you need – keys, ID, phone, cash/debit card, etc. – on your person. Further, anyone who observes suspicious activity, such as someone looking in vehicle windows or trying door handles, please call police immediately at 403-328-4444.

Trevor Vernon Melnychuk, 44, of Lethbridge, is charged with 22 counts of possession of stolen credits cards, six counts of possession of identity documents, theft under $5,000 and mischief under $5,000 (damage to property). Melnychuk was scheduled to appear in court today.