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Snoozing suspects caught by police

A pair of suspects caught napping have some serious charges to answer in Red Deer.

Red Deer City RCMP have laid 22 charges against a man and woman from Calgary, alleging that the pair raised suspicion when they were seen sleeping in a downtown parking lot.

Police were called on Friday to complaints of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot at 4733 54th St.

Investigators allege that the back window of the black pickup truck had been smashed out, that the licence plate had been stolen from another vehicle the previous day and that the truck itself had also been reported stolen. Arrested at the scene were Kelsey Pitton, 20, and Caleb Costello, 25.

They are jointly charged with 19 counts of possession of stolen property of a value under $5,000, plus theft under $5,000 and theft over $5,000.

Pitton was released and ordered to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Monday morning. Costello was held in custody pending his first court appearance, set for Tuesday.

Anyone with further information that may assist the police in their ongoing investigation is asked to call the Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575. To remain anonymous, submit information online to or call Crime Stoppers, 1-800-222-8477.

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