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Five Central Albertans arrested and firearm seized, after bear spray used in alleged vehicle theft

Suspects from Maskwacis to appear in Leduc Courthouse

Three Maskwacis men and two youths were arrested after a vehicle theft and bear spray incident.

Leduc RCMP worked with Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin RCMP to make the five arrests

Leduc RCMP arrested the suspects after a request from Maskwacis police to be on the lookout for suspects.

On Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. the Leduc RCMP were told suspects in a stolen Pontiac Grande Prix were involved in a bear spray incident in Maskwacis. It was reported they were in a vehicle travelling north.

Leduc police officers located the vehicle in the No Frills parking lot.

One youth and one adult were arrested outside the liquor store for weapons and property offences.

One youth was located and arrested for similar offences in the liquor store and one adult male was arrested in the No Frills grocery store.

A search of the stolen car revealed a loaded stolen prohibited firearm. All subjects were arrested without incident and the firearm was seized.

One of the youths was charged with 15 criminal code charges including possession of stolen property and various firearms offences

A second youth was also charged with possession of stolen property, careless use of a firearm, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose and other offences.

Both youths were released on bail by a Justice of the Peace. They are to appear in court on Aug. 23 at the Leduc Courthouse.

Jordyn Ty Bull of Maskawacis was charged with possession of stolen property, careless use of a firearm, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle and other offences.

Errol Joseph Waskahat of Maskwacis was also charged with possession of stolen property, careless use of a firearm and other offences.

Both Bull and Waskahat were released on a bail by a Justice of the Peace. Their court appearance is Sept. 5 at the Leduc Courthouse.

Ernest Norman Okeynan of Maskawacis was charged with possession of stolen property, careless use of a firearm, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle and other offences, including failure to surrender authorization.

Okeynan is in custody with a court appearance on Sept. 5 at the Leduc Courthouse.

Information sharing between Maskwacis, Wetaskiwin and Leduc RCMP Detachments successfully led to a quick resolution of what police say could have been a potentially dangerous situation.

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