Suspended lawyer facing stolen property charges

Priority Crimes Task Force finds numerous stolen vehicles on rural property near Rimbey

A suspended lawyer is facing numerous stolen property charges after an RCMP Priority Crimes Task Force bust earlier this month.

The task force went to the rural property near Rimbey with a search warrant on May 5 the day after Rimbey RCMP found several stolen vehicles there.

Police had gone to the property looking for the resident, who was wanted on two outstanding warrants.

“On arrival, police noted two stolen vehicles in plain view on the property,” said RCMP in a Tuesday news release.

The task force was called in and searched the property on Township Road 421A in Ponoka County about 8 a.m. RCMP from Red Deer general investigation section, Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka and Rimbey were also involved.

A search of the property and outbuildings turned up a 2017 Subaru that had been reported stolen from Ponoka on April 25. Also recovered was a 2006 Big Tex flat deck trailer that had been reported stolen out of Consort on April, a 2005 Caterpillar 420D backhoe reported stolen out of Consort on April 27, and two quads reported stolen from Rimbey on May 2.

A suspect was located near the residence on May 16 in possession of a truck that had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on May 10. He was arrested without incident.

“The stolen vehicles we recovered represent criminal activity that impacted at least four communities,” says Rimbey RCMP Sgt. Kurtis Pillipow in a statement.

“Rimbey RCMP are committed to working with our Priority Crimes Task Force partners to reduce the impact of property crimes and stem that flow of stolen property across our jurisdictions.”

The task force is comprised of RCMP from Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Blackfalds, Ponoka, Rimbey and Rocky Mountain House and Lacombe Police Service.

It is committed to increasing inter-agency communication, sharing criminal intelligence with a focus on prolific property crimes offenders.

Bradley James Mulder, 44, of Ponoka County is facing five charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and one charge of possession of property obtained by crime.

He is due in Rimbey provincial court on Aug. 4.

Mulder is also scheduled to go to trial in September on charges of possession of counterfeit currency and possession of a restricted weapon.

Mulder was a Red Deer-based lawyer until his licence was suspended last October by the Law Society of Alberta.

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