More charges laid in break-in investigation
Additional charges have been laid against two men arrested by RCMP investigating break-ins at Red Deer businesses.
Christopher Davis of Red Deer and Jaret Szoke of Sylvan Lake were arrested following a traffic stop in Red Deer on Feb. 26. Red Deer City RCMP allege that a variety of stolen tools was discovered in the vehicle, leading to the search of a home in Sylvan Lake.
Davis and Szoke, both 35, were charged separately with offences arising from an alleged break-in at the Red Deer Peavey Mart store in the early hours of Feb. 23.
In Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Tony Bell joined them as co-accused on a new set of charges, along with those they were already facing.
The new charges arise from additional break-and-enters alleged to have taken place at a Loblaw gas station on Feb. 3 and at Baker Petrolite in Edgar Industrial Park on Feb. 17.
The expanded list of charges includes possession of a variety of tools and equipment alleged to have been stolen from those sites.
Charges also include willful damage in relation to the break-ins, as well as multiple counts of break and enter.
Davis is charged alone with offences including a break-and-enter at Deermart on Feb. 16, possession of break-in tools, possession of lock-picking tools and breaching an undertaking made to a police officer.
Szoke is charged with breaching probation.
Both men remain in custody at Red Deer Remand Centre pending their next court appearance, scheduled for next Wednesday.