Edmonton police issue photo of two suspects in vehicle theft that triggered Amber Alert

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Edmonton police on Friday released a photo of two suspects they say stole a van with a 40-year-old woman in a wheelchair seated inside Thursday night.

The theft led to a brief Amber Alert for the woman, who was described as blind and non-verbal, from 8:27 p.m. to 9:08 p.m.

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“We’re extremely grateful to the community and our RCMP partners who located the stolen vehicle and helped bring this woman back to her family safe and unharmed,” S/Sgt. Andrew Larson with the Edmonton Police Service’s northwest branch said in a news release. “We continue to look for any information that will lead us to these two male suspects.”

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The vehicle was stolen while it was idling outside a store in the area of 118 Avenue and 91 Street. Police said the woman’s caregiver was in the store making a purchase.

The stolen 2013 white Toyota Sienna van was discovered by an off-duty RCMP officer parked and still running on a street in Fort Saskatchewan shortly thereafter, read the release.

Police issued this photo of two male suspects in the theft of a vehicle with a blind and non-verbal woman seated in a wheelchair inside in Edmonton Thursday night, Oct. 19, 2023. jpeg

“The female complainant was found safe and unharmed inside the vehicle,” it read. “Once on scene, EMS transported the woman to hospital purely for precautionary reasons.”

The EPS called in an assist from the RCMP Canine Unit, but they weren’t able to find the suspects.

Anyone with information regarding these two male suspects or their current whereabouts is urged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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