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Thieves with 'sophisticated technology' targeting Land Rovers, Edmonton police warn


Six new Land Rovers have been stolen in recent days with "sophisticated" technology that beats the vehicle's anti-theft systems, Edmonton police say.

Ed de Guzman says he realized he was one of the victims on Sunday when he went to start 2019 Land Rover Discovery around 7:30 a.m. The vehicle was not in his driveway in Ellerslie where he had parked it overnight. 

"I was shocked. I was surprised. I thought initially I was dreaming," he told CTV News Edmonton on Wednesday. 

"The police was not surprised. They told us we're the second person to report the same incident that morning."

The loss has been a big hit for the family, who liked the Discovery as a winter vehicle. 

"Our vehicle is our baby," de Guzman said. 

Investigators are advising owners of the 2017-2021 Discovery, Range Rover and Sport models to take extra precautions.

"It appears to be some very sophisticated way that they are able to do it without utilizing keys for the vehicles," said EPS Sgt. Dan Thames, though police did not offer any details or describe the technology the thieves are using.

They did not describe the technology thieves are using.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Edmonton Police Service or Crime Stoppers.

EPS suggested owners:

  • Park in a secure space, such as a garage, or a well-lit and busy area;
  • Remove all valuables from their vehicle; and
  • Use a steering wheel lock or after-market GPS device. Top Stories

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