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Suspected thieves caught red-handed by Sylvan Lake RCMP

Incidents happened last Sunday and Monday in the Birchcliff and Lacombe County areas

  • Apr. 8, 2020 11:55 a.m.

Four suspected thieves are facing charges after Sylvan Lake RCMP allegedly caught them red-handed in two separate incidents.

Police said they were called to the Summer Village of Birchcliff at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, after a resident noticed a suspicious truck outside a neighbour’s garage.

Two suspects were found inside the unfinished garage and arrested without incident. The truck had been reported stolen in Red Deer earlier.

A search of the truck uncovered a substance believed to be fentanyl, as well as property believed to belong to contractors working at the home.

Samantha Nicole Petersen, 30, is facing six charges, including break, enter and committing theft.

Kirk Arthur Clark, 33, is charged with break, enter and committing theft, possession of property obtained by crime and three counts of failing to comply with orders.

Petersen has been released from custody and Clark is remanded to appear in court.

The second incident happened on Monday at around 8:50 p.m., when an alert resident called 911 after spotting a suspicious truck parked at an oil lease site in Lacombe County.

RCMP responded and stopped a truck as it was leaving the site. Break-in instruments could be seen in the truck, and two men were arrested.

The truck was searched and multiple break-in instruments were seized. It is alleged that copper wire found in the truck had been stolen from the site.

Bruce Raymond Allen, 40, and Dustin Charles Lemay-Storms, 32, are both charged with break and enter to a business, mischief and possession of break-in instruments.

Allen is charged with failing to comply with a release order and Lemay-Storms is charged with failing to comply with an undertaking.

Both have been released from custody and are due in Red Deer provincial court on June 22.

“Citizens can be assured that we’re still focused on policing and responding quickly to your calls,” says Staff Sgt. Jeff McBeth, Sylvan Lake detachment commander.

“Great work by the community members who recognized that something was suspicious and called us. Now, more than ever, we need to keep watching out for each other.”

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