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Copper wire thefts from eastern Alberta oilfield sites lead to charges

Thefts happened in Coronation, Consort and Killam areas

Three people are facing charges in connection with a string of copper wire thefts from oilfield sites in eastern Alberta.

RCMP from Coronation, Consort and Killam have been investigating thefts at numerous sites throughout all three jurisdictions since August 2020.

Last Wednesday, Coronation RCMP stopped a vehicle in relation to the investigation. Police located and seized approximately 400 kilograms (900 pounds) of copper wire and a rifle.

The next day, a search warrant was executed by RCMP from Consort and Coronation RCMP and Medicine Hat (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) on a residence located on the east side of Coronation, Alta.

Police located and seized wire casings, break-in instruments and tools used to cut and strip copper wire.

Dylan Spencer Goddu, 24, of Coronation; Meggan Rae Cole, 28, of Killam; and Randall James Lawrence, 37, of Fleet, have been charged with possession of a firearm in a vehicle and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Goddu has also been charged with possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking under $5000, trafficking property obtained by crime under $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments.

Goddu, Cole and Lawrence have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Coronation provincial court on March 12.

If you have information relating to this or any other crime, contact the Consort RCMP detachment at 403-577-3000. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.P3Tips.com.

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