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Red Deer RCMP make arrests in crime hot spots

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Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP recent arrests include a number of successes while patrolling targeted crime hot spots, and a continued focus on locating suspects wanted on warrants and conducting compliance checks on individuals known to have court imposed conditions such as curfews; these strategies are key to Red Deer’s Pinpoint crime reduction focus on repeat offenders and emerging issues. Red Deer RCMP thank the public for their support in continuing to report suspicious vehicles and activity, which resulted in numerous more arrests over the past two weeks. 
 
March 26 – 
Shortly after 2 am on March 26, RCMP on patrol in an identified crime hot spot located a suspect in a stolen truck and arrested him without incident. The truck had been stolen out of Calgary.
 
29 year old Gregory Bruce Deering faces the following charges:
·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
·         Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation X 2
Deering is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on April 16 at 8:30 am.
 
March 26 – 
At 12:30 am on March 26, RCMP on patrol in an identified crime hot spot located a man who was wanted on outstanding warrants and arrested him after being given a false name. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was found to be breaching several court-imposed conditions, including a curfew.
 
36 year old Peter Gopher faces the following charges in addition to his warrants:
·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer
·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 2
Gopher was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on March 28 at 9:30 am.
 
March 24 – 
Red Deer RCMP located and arrested a man who was wanted on warrants for possession of stolen property and failing to appear in court regarding a June 2016 break and enter in Red Deer. 56 year old Hans John Schafer had failed to appear in court several times regarding this file, and had several warrants issued and executed by RCMP over the past year. After RCMP arrested him on March 24, he was remanded and will appear in court in Red Deer on April 3 at 8:30 am to face the charges against him. 
 
March 23 –
Shortly before 1:30 pm, a Community Peace Officer in downtown Red Deer determined that the vehicle he was conducting a traffic stop on had been stolen; RCMP attended and arrested the suspect without incident. A 34 year old man faces a charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000 (CC 355(a)) and is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on May 8 at 9:30 am. His name cannot be released at this time as that charge has not yet been sworn before the courts. 
 
March 23 – 
Shortly before 3:30 am on March 23, RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity at a convenience store in south Red Deer; on arrival, RCMP located a suspect who was known to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for breaching his probation; police took the suspect into custody without incident and found him to be in possession of break-in tools. 
 
In addition to his warrant, 47 year old Joel Bremner faces a charge of Criminal Code 351(1) – Possess break-in tools. Bremner was scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on March 27.
 
March 22 – 
At 11:30 pm on March 22, RCMP responded to a report of someone entering parked vehicles in the Normandeau neighbourhood and arrested a man as he was going through the contents of a truck. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted on outstanding warrants for breaching parole and failing to comply with conditions.
 
In addition to those warrants, 39 year old Matthew Peter Schoonderwoerd faces the following charges:
·         Criminal Code 334(b) – Theft under $5,000
·         Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief under $5,000 X 2
·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions
·         Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation X 2
·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000
Schoonderwoerd is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on March 28 at 9:30 am.
 
March 21 – 
Shortly before 10 pm on March 21, RCMP on patrol in the Riverside Light industrial area located a stolen Dodge Ram as it drove on Riverside Drive. Police officers successfully laid a tire deflation device, and the truck drove on damaged back tires into the downtown, where it fled eastbound onto westbound Ross Street into oncoming traffic. Police did not pursue for public safety reasons, but tracked the truck into the Grandview neighbourhood as it drove on heavily damaged rims, lost control and came to a stop. The driver attempted to flee on foot but was arrested after a brief foot chase.
 
45 year old Cody Mitchell Morrow faces the following charges:
·         Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer
·         Criminal Code 249(1) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle 
·         Criminal Code 249.1(1) – Operate motor vehicle while pursued by police
·         Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000
Morrow was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on March 26 and is scheduled to appear again on April 4 at 9:30 am.
 
March 19 – 
On March 19, RCMP obtained a warrant for the arrest of 26 year old Chance Aaron Shaw regarding a fraud complaint made to police on March 15. After investigating an allegation that Shaw had represented himself as a legal professional and had received payment for legal services from a victim in February and March of 2018, RCMP charged Shaw with one count of fraud over $5,000 (CC 380(1)(a)) and one count of failing to comply with conditions (CC 145(3)). Shaw is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on March 28 at 8:30 am.
 
March 18 – 
The night of March 18, RCMP conducted a curfew check on an individual and determined that he was not at home, in violation of his court-imposed conditions. RCMP obtained a warrant for the arrest of 27 year old Robert Theus Handy and executed the warrant on March 22. Handy faces a charge of failing to comply with conditions and was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on March 26. He is scheduled to appear again on April 4 at 9:30 am.
 
March 16 –
The night of March 16, RCMP conducting a residence check on an individual determined that he was in breach of court-imposed residence conditions. RCMP obtained a warrant for his arrest and located and arrested the suspect on March 25.
 
28 year old Luke David Johnson faces a charge of failing to comply with conditions (CC 145(3)) and was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on March 27; he is scheduled to appear in court again on March 29 at 9:30 am.
 
March 14 – 
At 4:30 am on March 14, RCMP on patrol in north Red Deer located a truck with an invalid license plate. For the safety of the public, RCMP waited until the truck was parked before blocking it in with several police vehicles. RCMP took the male driver and two female passengers into custody without incident; RCMP seized a sawed off rifle that was found beneath the driver’s seat along with ammunition and what is believed to be a counterfeit Canadian $50 bill. The male driver was wanted on outstanding warrants for possession of methamphetamine and failing to appear in court. 
 
28 year old Dylan John Buehler (aka Dylan Warren) faces the following charges in addition to his warrants:
·         Criminal Code 94(1) – Possession of firearm in motor vehicle
·         Criminal Code 95(1) – Possession restricted firearm with ammunition without license
·         Criminal Code 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of firearm
·         Criminal Code 90(1) – Carry concealed weapon
·         Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless use of a firearm
·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule VIII substance
Warren is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on March 29 at 9:30 am.
 
A 27 year old woman will face one charge of Criminal Code 450 – Possession of counterfeit money and a 28 year old woman will face one charge of CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule VIII substance. Both women are scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on May 8 at 8:30 am; their names cannot be released at this time as those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

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More than $4M in illegal drugs seized during EDGE investigation

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News release from Edmonton Police Service

A nine month EPS investigation has culminated with the arrest of four males and the seizure of an estimated $4.3M in drugs and buffing agents.

“This investigation and the corresponding results are the culmination of nine months of commitment by our members to keep a significant amount of illegal drugs off Edmonton streets,” said Staff Sgt. David Paton, of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE). “The continued reduction of harm to our community is our number-one objective.”

Responding to intelligence received in the spring of 2021, the EPS Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE) began investigating several individuals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade throughout the city.

Working in conjunction with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), EDGE members successfully arranged several undercover drug buys with four suspects over the last six months.

In October, investigators identified two addresses of interest; the first being the residence of the primary suspect, David Vidal, 31, near 208 Street and 61 Avenue with the second being an alleged drug stash pad on Secord Boulevard.

Police seized significant amounts of drugs and weapons at the culmination of this investigation including:

  • Methamphetamine – 5,784.5 g (est. street value of more than $206,000)
  • Cocaine – 11,374 g(est. street value of more than $607,000)
  • Other drugs – 4,591 tablets (cocaine or Fentanyl-based); 25.7 g Ketamine (est. street value $1,028)
  • Buffering agent – 897.85 kg (est. street value $3,500,000.00)
  • Firearms & ammunition – 12 gauge shotgun, .300 win mag rifle, 800 rounds of ammo
  • Other weapons: 2 tasers, brass knuckles, 2 butterfly knives, 2 sets of brass knuckles
  • Cash: Approximately $21,000
  • Vehicle: 2018 Kia Sorrento

Investigators have since arrested and charged:

David Vidal, 31, of Edmonton: 19 offences including drug trafficking and possession, firearms and weapon-related offences, child endangerment, proceeds of crime and resisting arrest.

Nathaniel Cloney, 39, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Matthew Lunty, 33, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Abraham Chavez, 37, of El Salvador: 4 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime; a warrant for his arrest has also been issued.

Anyone with any information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Can you help RCMP identify this suspect?

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News Release from Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to identify suspect

Red Deer RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in an assault and robbery this past July.

On July 11, 2021 at approximately 7:30 a.m., a male arrived at the McDonalds located at 2502-50 Ave on a bicycle. The individual approached the occupant sitting inside of a parked 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and stole the vehicle. Around 8:40 a.m. that same morning, the suspect drove the stolen vehicle to a Fas Gas at 5926-54 Ave where he attempted a robbery. The suspect confronted a gas station employee and an altercation occurred, and the suspect fled in the stolen vehicle. Police later recovered the vehicle that day.

Red Deer RCMP are releasing images of the suspect so that the public might aid in identifying this individual. The suspect is described as a male wearing a blue hoodie, backpack with bright neon green straps, and camouflage cargo pants.

If you have information on these incidents or witnessed suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police department. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), on line at www.p3tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play store.

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