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Coaldale RCMP seize over $100k in stolen property, one person arrested

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A man from Coalhurst is facing several charges after RCMP recovered over 100 thousand dollars worth of stolen property.

Mounties were following up on information they received from a business in Coaldale and found property in a storage unit in that town.

Police say the stolen items included two cargo trailers, 15 welders, a $9,000 wicker patio set, various power tools, air compressors, a snow blower, and more.

Most of the stolen property has since been returned to the owners.

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52 year old Gerald Thurber was arrested in early July and is facing 46 charges, more than half of those being possession of stolen property.

RCMP say the property was either stolen from area break and enters or through fraudulent use of credit cards.

Coaldale RCMP wish to remind area businesses of the identity type thefts and the fraudulent use of credit cards. To be alert and cautious to this criminal activity. The thefts and fraudulent purchases in this case were made in many areas including Bassano, Coaldale, Lethbridge County, Lethbridge and Taber

Thurber remains in jail and will be in court in Lethbridge on July 27th.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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