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The Commodities Boom Is Luring Criminals to Make Bigger and Bolder Scores

The pandemic, soaring prices, and economic pain have combined to create perfect conditions for thieves and fraudsters.

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Sergeant Tosha Ternes spends most of her time at the Saskatoon Police Service investigating cases of breaking and entering. In recent months her department has seen a “drastic” increase in one type of crime: lumber theft from construction sites.

“Everything’s just lying there, kind of like a free-for-all,” Ternes says from the Saskatchewan city in Canada’s prairie region. “Some sites have been hit two, three, four times.”