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Wetaskiwin RCMP make multiple break and enter arrests and recover stolen property

On March 18, 2022, the Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit partnered with the RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit, the Alberta Sheriffs, Camrose County Peace Officers, and Municipal Enforcement from Wetaskiwin and Millet to conduct and enhanced enforcement shift in the County of Wetaskiwin and County of Camrose.

RCMP say that this shift aimed to increase police visibility, conduct prolific offender management checks, locate persons on outstanding warrants, and conduct several roadside checkpoints for impaired driving.

Throughout the evening of March 18, officers were able to locate and execute five arrest warrants, issued over 50 Traffic Safety Act violation tickets and warnings, issued three immediate roadside screening warnings for impaired drivers and recovered a stolen vehicle.

During one of the traffic checkpoints in Millet, Alta., officers stopped a vehicle and subsequently formed grounds to search the vehicle.

During the search RCMP members located property which was discovered to be stolen. These items have been linked to at least 11 break and enters and vehicle thefts that have taken place over the last seven months throughout the County of Wetaskiwin and County of Leduc.

Following the traffic stop the Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at a rural residential property in Leduc County with the assistance of the Wetaskiwin RCMP detachment, Leduc Crime Reduction Unit, Police Dog Services, K-Division Air Services, and K-Division Auto Theft.

Several suspects were arrested at the property and brough to the Wetaskiwin Detachment with a specialized RCMP transport unit.

A search of the property resulted in the recovery of additional stolen items. The owner of several items believed to be stolen, included in these items is a large assortment of keys, has not been identified.

Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit is asking victims of residential and vehicle break-ins in the Wetaskiwin, Leduc, and surrounding areas to contact the detachment at 780-312-7200 if you are missing keys.

As a result of the investigation four individuals have been charged.

Bradley Blake, 45, of Leduc County, Alta., has been charged with:

• Possession of property obtained by crime (X10);

• Altering/Tampering/Destroy a VIN;

• Failure to comply with a release order (X3);

• Failure to comply with a probation order.

Stephanie McIntyre, 38, of Leduc County, has been charged with:

• Possession of property obtained by crime (X21);

• Altering/Tampering/Destroy a VIN;

• Failure to comply with a release order (X2).

Trazz Metke, 19, of Leduc County has been charged with:

• Possession of property obtained by crime (X9);

• Altering/Tampering/Destroy a VIN;

• Failure to comply with a release order (X2).

Blake, McIntyre, and Metke were brought before a Justice and remanded into custody. They will appear in Leduc Provincial Court on April 7, 2022.

Cheryl Johnson, 56, of Leduc County, was charged with:

• Altering/Tampering/Destroy a VIN;

• Possession of property obtained by crime (X9).

Johnson was released on documents to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on April 26, 2022.



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

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