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Search warrant nets stolen property

St. Paul man headed to court
A St. Paul man is facing a trafficking charge and possession of stolen property after RCMP were pointed in the right direction by the victim of a break and enter who told them he knew where some of his stolen items could be found.

RCMP report they responded Saturday morning to a call from a St. Paul citizen reporting the break and enter that had occurred during the night. He told police he knew some of the items taken in the robbery were in the backyard of another residence in St. Paul.

"A lone male subject was arrested at that location without incident and evidence of drug trafficking was located during a search of his person including what is believed to be crystal meth, a large quantity of Canadian currency ($1185) and a drug scale," states a media release.

St. Paul RCMP obtained a search warrant for the residence and several stolen items were recovered including six bicycles and several different types of power tools.

Douglas Zaraska, 48, of St. Paul, was charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was released after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in St. Paul Provincial Court on Nov. 26.

St. Paul RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in returning some of the items as this investigation is still ongoing. They released photos of items found at the residence, which are included with this story. If anyone believes these items are theirs, they are asked to contact the local detachment.

"This was a case of someone reporting being a victim of crime and the police using that information to uncover something a bit larger," Sgt. David Graham, St. Paul RCMP Detachment commander, said. "We want to stress the importance of reporting crimes as they are sometimes a piece of a bigger puzzle. Record keeping of serial numbers is also crucial in returning stolen items to their rightful owners."

If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the St. Paul RCMP Detachment at 780-645-8870 or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store."