The Stettler RCMP has been busy investigating various incidents of break-ins and thefts being reported in the community. In one such incident, the police received a report on Friday, July 15 of a suspicious male who seemed to be stealing a Ford truck in Stettler.
On attending the location, the Stettler RCMP spoke with a few people who were witnesses and had observed the male, and gave the police a good insight into the description, resulting in successfully locating of the suspect during a patrol. Later, an ivestigation into the record of the male linked him to a variety of other offences, including possession of stolen property, possession of break in tools, theft of gasoline and mischief.
The Stettler RCMP ultimately arrested the male suspect on seven outstanding warrants.
The male was also linked to offences from other locations in Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House, and has been identified as 26-year-old Dustin Finlay.
Finlay was brought before a justice and has been remanded into custody to attend court in Stettler on July 28, 2016.
Stettler RCMP ceases property in Halkirk for the purpose of trafficking
Members of the Coronation and Stettler RCMP detachments executed a search warrant at a location in Halkirk, on Wednesday, July 14.
The search led to the seizure of a large number of stolen items from various locations in central Alberta including Trochu, Stettler and Lacombe.
Also located were a John Deere ‘gator’ (side-by-side ATV), two Seadoo’s, a tractor roto tiller, a trailer and other smaller items.
The suspects have been identified as 34-year-old Jesse McLeod and 18-year-old Jacqueline Hinse, who face charges including trafficking of stolen property, possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property. Both suspects had attempted to sell the stolen property online using various websites.
The duo is expected make their court appearance in Stettler but the date of their first hearing on the charges was not available at press time.