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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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Boy arrested for selling stolen phone to undercover Lethbridge cop

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Lethbridge Police have charged a 17 year old boy who they say who arranged to sell a stolen iPhone to an undercover officer and the transaction took place right in front of the police station in the LPS Safe Exchange Zone.

Last week police responded to a report of a stolen phone after the owner found it for sale on the Lethbridge and Area Swap and Buy Facebook page.

The next day the seller was contacted by an undercover officer who arranged to buy the phone. They ended meeting out front of the police station and the seller was arrested on the spot.

The 17 year old, who cannot be identified, is charged with one count of possession of stolen property for the purpose of trafficking.

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He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court August 3oth.

LPS say since its inception two years ago, the Safe Exchange Zone – consisting of two parking stalls in front of the police station that are CCTV-monitored – has provided online buyers and sellers with a safe place to meet and complete their transactions. Unless, of course, you’re a criminal. Then it’s kind of risky.

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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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