05/08/2015 12:37 EDT | Updated 05/08/2016 05:59 EDT

Long stride made by police in Edmonton cross-country ski theft investigation

EDMONTON - Charges have been laid after the theft in Edmonton last fall of a trailer containing thousands of dollars worth of special-needs cross-cross skis and trail-making equipment.

City police say the trailer was stolen from a northeast-area home last November when it was hauled away with a truck after several locks holding it in place were cut.

In December, the RCMP recovered three pieces of ski equipment from a garbage container in Calmar, southwest of the city, while the trailer turned up after a search in nearby Devon two months later.

Cross Country Alberta had said the theft of the trailer and equipment — worth about $40,000 — was sad and unfortunate because they were used for both para-nordic athletes and school children.

An Alberta-wide arrest warrant was issued May 5 for a 37-year-old man from Calmar.

Jason Noel is facing charges that include possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property.