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Guns & stolen vehicles seized; five Taber men arrested by ALERT

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A group of five men from Taber are facing charges, accused of selling guns and stealing vehicles across southern Alberta.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team seized over $200,000 in stolen property and 63 firearms after executing search warrants back in mid-September.

It’s alleged the men are responsible for break and enters and vehicle thefts in Taber, Vauxhall, Lethbridge, Stirling, Vulcan, Bow Island, Seven Persons, Barnwell, and Coaldale.

Police also believe the same group was involved in firearms trafficking. Along with the guns seized, officers also found thousands of rounds of ammunition.

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Following the search warrants, investigators spent weeks cataloguing the stolen property and attempting to reunite items with their rightful owners. The stolen property included seven vehicles, a utility trailer, license plates, lawnmowers, compressors, generators, and power tools.

20 year old Dustyn McCracken, 35 year old Heinrich Wolf, 38 year old Cornelius Wolf, 46 year old Jason Pizzati, and 72 year old Greg Kosowan are facing a list of charges.

The ALERT investigation began back in April.

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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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