Recovery of stolen vehicle leads to seizure of significant quantity of stolen property

Lethbridge police have recovered a stolen van from the yard of a northside home as well as other pieces of stolen property ranging from bikes and tools to vehicle parts and assorted electronics.

On June 4, 2017 an officer was on patrol when he observed a partially covered black GMC Safari Van parked in the yard of a home along the 700 block of 17 Street North. Recalling that a similar van had been reported stolen a week prior the officer confirmed the vehicle was still missing then approached the yard on foot. The van was observed to have its logos and emblems freshly spray-painted over. A second officer attended and the homeowner gave police permission to enter the backyard. The van was confirmed to be the vehicle that had been reported stolen and police observed numerous other items in plain sight that were suspected to be stolen including bicycles – some of which had been crudely painted over. A search warrant was obtained and a subsequent search of the home, garage and van resulted in the seizure of tools, tool boxes, ladders, a microwave, a partially dismantled dirt bike and street bike, numerous electronics, 22 caliber bullets and unknown pills. All the items were seized.

A total of six people were arrested at the scene, but following further investigation four were released without charges.

Kyle James Joseph Reynar, 26, is charged with possession of stolen property and breach of a recognizance. Reynar is scheduled to appear in court June 8.

Andrew Robert Bellerive, 32, is charged with two counts of breach of a recognizance. Bellerive is scheduled to appear in court June 7.