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Man and woman accused of breaking into rural lease site arrested

Pair arrested after vehicle got stuck in field near Huxley

A Calgary man and woman are facing numerous charges after RCMP responded to a break and enter at an industrial site in east central Alberta.

RCMP said they got a call at about 7:30 a.m. last Sunday about a suspected break and enter at an oil lease site near Huxley, which is about 60 kilometres east of Bowden.

When police arrived, the suspects attempted to flee, but their vehicle got bogged down in a nearby field. The pair were taken into custody without incident.

The vehicle used by the suspects is believed to have been stolen in Calgary.

A search of the van revealed a large amount of stolen property, including copper wire, electronic equipment worth more than $10,000, numerous tools, mountain bikes and many other items.

Daniel Douglas Weston, 37, of Calgary, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, theft over $5,000, break and enter, mischief over $5,000, and operating a motor vehicle while prohibited.

Weston remains in custody and was due in Three Hills provincial court Friday.

Margaret Kimberley Hunter, 19, of Calgary, has been charged with break and enter, theft over $5,000, mischief over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and three counts of failing to comply with court-ordered release conditions.

Following a judicial hearing, Hunter was released on cash bail. However, bail had not been met as of Friday and she remained in custody. She is scheduled to appear in Three Hills provincial court on Aug. 14.

Three Hills RCMP continue to investigate the incident.



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