Numerous firearms charges in Central Alberta RCMP weekly wrap-up

Dozens of charges laid against suspected thieves, drug dealers and other crooks

Four people are facing 18 firearms charges after being arrested by Red Deer RCMP recently.

A number of people were charged with carrying other weapons, say police in a roundup of their efforts from April 24 to Monday.

The four facing the firearms charges were arrested in south Red Deer by police responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle about 6 p.m. on April 24.

Police said a Jeep with two men inside had been stolen from Breton the day before. A search turned up a loaded rifle, knives and bear spray.

A third suspect, who was carrying a knife, was arrested in a store as he attempted to flee police. The fourth suspect was nabbed while allegedly trying to shoplift $500 worth of merchandise in a shopping cart.

Two men aged 21, and a man and a woman, both 22, are facing 25 weapons and stolen property charges in all and are due in Red Deer provincial court on May 17.

A knife and ammunition turned up after police arrested a man downtown around 9:30 p.m. on April 26.

Police patrolling the downtown saw a suspect wanted on outstanding warrants and arrested him. It is alleged he was carrying identification stolen from a vehicle in Red Deer on April 14.

A man carrying a concealed weapon was arrested on April 28 after police patrolling in Grandview just before midnight spotted a suspect wanted on outstanding weapons.

The suspect fled and was arrested after a foot chase. He was allegedly carrying a concealed knife contrary to court order conditions.

Police were led on another chase, this time in vehicles, around 1 a.m. on April 26.

RCMP were responding to a report of an erratic driver and spotted the vehicle as it pulled into a parking lot at 53rd Avenue and 58th Street. When the female driver saw police, she tried to flee, driving through a grassed yard and up a small hill.

Police pursued the car on foot and took the suspect into custody. A 19-year-old woman is facing charges of dangerous driving, possession of stolen property and four charges related to failing to comply with court order and probation conditions.

About 90 minutes later, another suspect decided to try to escape police to no avail.

RCMP patrolling Riverside Meadows tried to pull a vehicle over but the driver hit the gas. A 24-year-old suspect was arrested a short time later.

He was wanted on three warrants out of Red Deer and three out of Camrose, including one for weapons offences.

Drug charges were also laid after a couple of other arrests. On April 29, police patrolling downtown found a man and woman with 62.5 grams of what is believed to be heroin, and other drugs. A 52-year-old man is facing drug trafficking charges along with a 33-year-old woman, who is also alleged to be responsible for several thefts and break and enters last year and in 2015.

She is also facing numerous theft, unlawfully being in a dwelling and failing to comply with court order charges.

Another man wanted on 13 outstanding warrants was arrested about 2:30 p.m. on April 27 after someone allegedly caught a suspect in the act of trying to pawn items stolen from the witness. A 37-year-old man is facing stolen property, drug, uttering threats, mischief and other offences.

Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia also turned up in another arrest on May 1 about 11:30 p.m. Police patrolling a known “hot spot” located a 36-year-old man wanted on nine warrants out of Red Deer and Drayton Valley.

Two women are facing charges after they were allegedly found in possession of a stolen SUV by police responding to a report of suspicious people at an apartment in the south hill area around 8:30 a.m.

A 23-year-old woman was arrested on April 28 by police responding to a shoplifting complaint. The woman was wanted on outstanding warrants and is facing a number of charges.

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