Police say they’ve charged 23 people in connection with a number of property-related crimes, the result of a month-long sting operation.

From June 24 to July 24, investigators in District 5 identified a number of areas experiencing higher than normal rates of property crime and adjusted patrols to target these problem areas.

As a result, several arrested were made while the offenders were in the process of committing crimes.

23 people, many of whom had additional warrants, were taken into custody.

46 charges were laid as a result of the operation, including:

  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Fraud under $5,000
  • Property damage over $5,000
  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Shop break and enter
  • Possession of break and enter instruments
  • Flight from a police officer
  • Possession of cannabis
  • Breach of conditions
  • Obstructing a police officer
  • Driving while disqualified

Police add that a number of items were also recovered, including several vehicles, a mountain bikes, and assorted tools. Small quantities of heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine were also seized.

Investigators remind the public to ensure their vehicles, garages, and homes are locked, even if you are nearby or are leaving for just a short period of time.

Vehicles should not be left unattended with the keys inside, and garage door openers should not be left inside vehicles either.