Theft Thursday – RV Thefts and Crimes From The Past Week (March 4, 2011)

We love RVers, RV’s, and protecting both! Because of this, we try to stay on top of news stories related to RV Theft, RV Breakins, and crime in general around the RV Community.

Here’s an update of what we saw happen in the last week.

The “big news” of the week in RV related Crime was the arrest of Arnold Donzelmann, which stemmed from a 3 year investigation by the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council. Mr. Donzelmann faces 97 charges. We haven’t seen a court date listed anywhere yet.

The Edmonton Journal states:

After selling someone an RV, Donszelmann allegedly asked customers to lease the vehicle back to him for use in his rental business, promising them annual revenue and free storage in exchange, Hamilton said.

Donszelmann allegedly then sold these RVs to new owners.

We hope assets can be recovered and disbursed back to the victims of any crimes Mr. Donszelmann is found guilty of.

On February 18, Matthew W. Peil was arrested for breaking into a secure storage facility in Alamogordo, NM.

The Alamogordo Daily News Reports:

Detective Mark Esquero said Matthew W. Peil has been charged with 18 counts of fourth degree breaking and entering, four counts of commercial burglary, two counts of receiving, retaining or disposing of stolen property over $500 and one count of possession of burglary tools. He is being held on $125,000 no-ten percent bond.

We hope true justice is served.

In Brattleboro, Vermont, Jonathan D. Pych plead guilty to 20 offenses related to breaking into storage units. He was given a suspended sentence of 8 years and placed on probation. Several felony charges were dismissed in the case.

The Brattleboro Reformer shares:

“I think this was a good resolution,” Cay said. “For a young man to have spent five months in jail, that would have an impact.”

The Springfield News Sun shares:

The owner of a storage unit in the 6700 block of North Dayton-Lakeview Road found the men trying to take some items from the property around 11 p.m. Monday, according to the report.

The man held Fox and Tindall at gunpoint until deputies arrived, according to the report.

We haven’t read about any further updates in this case.

In Petersborough, ON, a man was caught leaving the scene of a storage unit break-in, according to The Peterborough Examiner:

A man was caught red-handed as he walked out of a Harper Rd. business with a bag of break-in tools Thursday evening, city police said.

Police said officers were called to a break and enter at Peterborough Store and Lock at 6:32 p.m.

Finally, CBS Channel 8 reports that Federal, State and Local officials are screening every “Car, trailer, or RV” before they are allowed to enter the Las Vegas Speedway (read more).

Thanks for reading March 4′s Theft Thursday!