Thorsby/Breton RCMP lay numerous charges for theft and property crimes

RCMP from Thorsby and Breton detachments were kept busy over the weekend investigating a several property crimes...

  • Mar. 21, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Submitted by Cpl. Curtis PetersMedia Relations Group

RCMP from Thorsby and Breton detachments were kept busy over the weekend investigating a several property crimes which resulted in multiple arrests and charges.

On Sunday March 19, officers responded to a theft of ATV complaint in Leduc County.  While police were en-route, the accused rammed the victims vehicle and then fled on foot.  An intensive search was conducted with the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Service and RCMP Air Services and two individuals were arrested for numerous offences.

45-year-old Jacqueline Brazel of Leduc has been charged with:

  • Three counts of Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000

18-year-old Tanner Metke of Leduc County has been charged with:

  • Three counts of Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000
  • Mischief over $5000
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle
  • Fail to remain at the scene of an accident
  • Mischief under $5000
  • Possession of Controlled Substance

Later that evening, Thorsby/Breton RCMP responded to a call of a theft of truck in progress in Brazeau County near Buck Creek. The owner surprised the suspect who was trying to drive away in a large highway truck. The suspect then left but came back shortly after and was seen with a weapon. He fled the scene and was arrested by police shortly after at a neighbouring residence.

24-year-old West Aldridge of Brazeau County has been charged with:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Possession of a controlled substance

The next day, March 20, 26-year-old Luke Fitzowich attended the Thorsby Detachment to post bail for Brazel. Fitzowich was found to also be driving a stolen vehicle which led to his arrest for the for following charges.

  • Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000
  • three counts of Fail to Comply with a recognizance
  • Fail to comply with undertaking
  • two counts of Fail to comply with a Probation Order
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Brazel, Fitzowich and Metke have been released on Bail.  Aldridge remains in custody.  All are scheduled to appear in Breton Provincial Court on March 22, 2017.


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