Edmonton Police Charge Two in Stolen Vehicle and Firearms Case

Edmonton police charged two individuals with multiple offenses related to stolen vehicles and illegal firearms after a search warrant execution in March 2024. The seized items included two stolen motorcycles, a 3D-printed handgun, and multiple firearms, highlighting the growing trend of firearms in stolen vehicles.

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Edmonton Police Charge Two in Stolen Vehicle and Firearms Case

Edmonton Police Charge Two in Stolen Vehicle and Firearms Case

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has two, charged, police, firearms individuals, Damien Wayne Thomas Sharp, 37, and Chantelle Ann Cullum, 39, with multiple offenses related to stolen vehicles and illegal firearms following a search warrant executed in March 2024.

On March 31, the EPS Southwest Special Projects Team carried out a search warrant at a residence near 105 Street and 38 Avenue in Edmonton. The operation led to the arrest of Cullum and the issuance of arrest warrants for Sharp. During the search, police, printed, firearms, vehicles seized two stolen motorcycles valued at $13,500, including a 2022 Honda CBR650 and a 2007 Kawasaki EX650A, along with a 3D-printed handgun.

Why this matters: The increasing presence of firearms in stolen vehicles poses a significant threat to public safety and law enforcement officers. This trend highlights the need for continued efforts to combat vehicle theft and illegal firearms possession, as well as increased public awareness and vigilance in reporting suspicious activities.

In late April, Sharp was arrested near 142 Avenue and 80 Street while driving a stolen 2008 Honda Civic with a re-VINned license plate. Police, firearms, vehicles discovered a loaded revolver, another loaded handgun, an automatic rifle with overcapacity magazines, and an assortment of ammunition in Sharp's possession.

Sharp faces 21 charges, including three counts each of unauthorized possession of a firearm in a vehicle and careless use/storage of a firearm, two counts of knowingly possessing a prohibited/restricted weapon, and possession of stolen property over $5,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 24, 2024.

Cullum has been charged with two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and unauthorized possession of a prohibited/restricted weapon. She is set to appear in court on June 18, 2024.

Staff Sgt. Ian Vickers of the EPS Southwest Special Projects Team expressed concern over the growing trend of firearms being found in stolen vehicles. "We are experiencing an alarming number of firearms in the stolen vehicles that we deal with," Vickers, firearms, vehicles stated. "These circumstances are making it increasingly dangerous for our officers and the public."

The successful investigation and arrests highlight the ongoing efforts of the Edmonton Police Service to combat vehicle theft and illegal firearms possession in the city. As the case proceeds through the courts, it serves as a stark reminder of the risks faced by law enforcement officers and the importance of public vigilance in reporting suspicious activities.