Red Deer men charged in Bentley post office destruction

Police have a warrant out for the arrest of Michael Wayne Lamontagne, 51, of Red Deer. (photo courtesy of RCMP)

Police have a warrant out for the arrest of Michael Wayne Lamontagne, 51, of Red Deer. (photo courtesy of RCMP)

Police have charged a pair of Red Deer men after an attempted break-in at Bentley post office in November.

In a press release, Sylvan Lake RCMP say a large amount of damage was done to the exterior of the building, with repair costs in excess of $50,000.

Charged are Michael Wayne Lamontagne, 51, and Geoffrey John Smyth 44, both of Red Deer. Lamontagne is charged with Mischief, and fail to comply with a release order condition. Smyth is charged with mischief.

On the morning of Nov. 24, it is believed a semi-truck was driven into the post office and the two individuals got access to the storage bay. Later that evening, a stolen semi was spotted in Drayton Valley and the two men were arrested.

Smyth is in custody on other matters and is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on Jan. 27. Lamontagne has not located and has a warrant out for his arrest.

If you know the whereabouts of Michael Lamontagne, please contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP at 403-887-3333.