Friday, April 25, 2014

Policing in Alberta to April 25, 2014

Fort McMurray man arrested for graffiti
Grande Prairie abduction complaint a hoax
Fort McMurray man charged in hit and run
Theft of Source store in St. Albert
Prolific vehicle fraudster arrested in High River
Lethbridge man charged with sexual assault
Lethbridge hotel robbery suspect sought
Update: Hells Angels Members Charged in ALERT Investigation 

Fort McMurray man arrested for graffiti

On Monday April 21st, 2014, Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested a 19 year old Fort McMurray man in relation to an ongoing graffiti investigation. Mischief charges are pending and as the investigation progresses, further information will be made available.

Wood Buffalo RCMP is committed to solving all crimes and this particular investigation is no exception. The public is encouraged to report all forms of graffiti to police which will contribute to the elimination of this type of property crime in our community.

Grande Prairie abduction complaint a hoax

A complaint of a possible abduction last night has turned out to be a hoax.

Last night at approximately 6:40 p.m. Grande Prairie RCMP received a call of a possible abduction occurring in the city. The complainant reported that he observed what appeared to be a male in the rear of a U-Haul van with his hands bound and a bag over his head banging on the rear window. Due to the serious nature of the complaint, a number of police and other resources immediately responded to investigate the allegations. At approximately 8:15 p.m. the suspect vehicle was located in a parking lot behind a restaurant on the west end of the city . Two males and a female were immediately taken into custody without incident.

The investigation has revealed that this appears to have been a hoax. Police believe that the accused individuals had been taking pictures and acting out the abduction while driving in the city. When a citizen observed this, he was obviously concerned and immediately called 911.

Two males, ages 24 and 21, both from Grimshaw are in custody awaiting a bail hearing. They are both facing charges of being a common nuisance and breaching of a recognizance. The female that was initially arrested has since been released without charges.

Fort McMurray man charged in hit and run

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on April 23, Wood Buffalo RCMP officers responded to a serious hit and run collision on Signal Road between Wolverine Drive and Hitch Place. Initial reports indicated that the person responsible for the collision had fled the scene on foot.

aftermath of hit and run collision
With the assistance of Police Dog Services the suspect was located and arrested at a nearby residence.

David Young (35) of Fort McMurray has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, 3 counts of failing to comply with conditions as well as driving while unauthorized.

Young is scheduled to appear in court on April 28, 2014.

The driver and sole occupant of the other vehicle involved luckily did not sustain any serious injuries.

Theft of Source store in St. Albert

On April 4th, 2014, between 6:10 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., an unidentified male and female entered "The Source" electronic store located in St. Albert Centre Mall and stole four portable hard drives and a "Bose" sound system. Total value of items taken is approximately $1000.

The male was clean cut, wearing a white baseball cap, jeans and a grey hoodie. The female had longer brown hair (put up in a messy type bun), wearing a black jacket, shirt and jeans.

St. Albert RCMP is looking for your help to identify the individual(s) involved in this Theft. If you have any information about this or any crime, call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers. At Crime Stoppers, you do not need to reveal your identity. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to Call Display, Call Trace or tape any phone calls. If your information leads to an arrest, you qualify for a cash award up to $2,000.00. We want your tip, not your name. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Prolific vehicle fraudster arrested in High River

In February 2014, the RCMP received information from the Public regarding the location of a stolen Case Tractor on a rural property near High River, AB. RCMP members of the Calgary Auto Theft Unit and High River Detachment executed two search warrants on this property. As a result, they recovered a stolen tractor, five stolen trailers, firearms, and other offence related property.

The investigation continued into the some related fraudulent activities of the Suspect. Throughout the past four years, Police believe that this Suspect has been responsible for placing fraudulent Vehicle Identification Numbers and Manufacture information on stolen trailers. The Suspect would then register the stolen trailers with fraudulent bills of sale and sell them to unsuspecting buyers. Subsequent to the continuing investigation RCMP have seized at least 15 trailers from the victims of these crimes, and are still in the process of tracking several others as the investigation continues.

Norman FEHR (61) of High River, Alberta is facing the following criminal charges :
  • 6 Counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime for the Purpose of Trafficking;
  • 4 Counts of Alter or Remove Vehicle Identification Number;
  • 8 Counts of Fraudulent Concealment;
  • 8 Counts of Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime;
  • 9 Counts of Utter Forged Document;
  • 5 Counts of Possession for the Purpose of Weapons Trafficking;
  • 5 Counts of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm;
  • 5 Counts of Careless Use/Storage of Firearm;
  • 1 Count of Fraud Over $5000.
Mr . Fehr is scheduled to appear in Okotoks Provincial court on April 29, 2014.

Lethbridge man charged with sexual assault

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 26-year-old male with sexual assault in connection with an incident last week. On April 14, 2014 at approximately 5 p.m. two females were walking in separate directions in the area of the 900 block of 4 Avenue South when they were each approached by an unknown male riding a bicycle. In each case the male engaged the women in conversation, asked to see their fingernails then assaulted one of the women by grabbing her.

On April 15, 2014 police received a report that the male had returned to the area and approached three other women. Attempts to locate the male were unsuccessful at the time.

All of these instances were random occurrences. The male was not known to any of the women he approached.

Following further investigation, police identified the subject. On April 22, 2014 the male was located and subsequently charged.

Sheldon Wayne Wilson, 26, of Lethbridge is charged with one count of sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear in court June 4. He was released from custody with several conditions, including a prohibition from attending within the area of 11 Street South to 8 Street South and 6 Avenue South to 3 Avenue South, except for the purpose of any business he may have at City Hall.

Police advise the public to always be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity immediately. Anyone else who may have been approached in this manner is asked to contact police 403-328-4444.

Lethbridge hotel robbery suspect sought

Lethbridge Regional Police are investigating a robbery that occurred earlier this week at a south side hotel.

On April 23, 2014 at approximately 3:53 a.m. police responded to a 911 call from an employee at the Quality Inn and Suites along the 4000 block of 2 Avenue South. The employee reported that an unknown male carrying what appeared to be a canister of pepper spray and a hatchet entered the hotel and demanded cash. An undisclosed amount was provided and the male subsequently left the area. No one was injured.

The subject is described as a male wearing all black clothing including a bulky “Carhartt” type work coat, black sunglasses, a black toque and a black neck warmer pulled up over his mouth and nose. He was approximately six feet tall with an average build.

Anyone with information is asked contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Update: Hells Angels Members Charged in ALERT Investigation

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), with the assistance of the RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, and the Edmonton Police Service, executed 10 search warrants on the morning of April 23rd as part of an on-going investigation into the Hells Angels motorcycle club.
Six members of the Hells Angels were arrested and are facing organized crime charges:
  • Dominic DiPalma, 33-year-old from Strathcona County; 
  • Darcy Lee, 38-year-old from Edmonton; 
  • Troy Pawluk, 43-year-old from Edmonton; 
  • Eduardo Bartolozzi, 34-year-old from Edmonton; 
  • Roy Radies, 50-year-old from Acheson; 
  • Dustin Lowry, 35-year-old from Edmonton. 
  • More arrests and charges could be forthcoming as the investigation is still in its preliminary stages and evidence is still being catalogued.
ALERT is established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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