Police have arrested three people suspected of breaking into a Red Deer hardware store and swiping more than $10,000 in tools and other merchandise.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Red Deer City RCMP said missing items including a generator and plasma cutter reported stolen from the Red Deer Peavey Mart were found in a vehicle that had been pulled over for a traffic violation on Tuesday.
Police allege that a subsequent search of a residence in Sylvan Lake uncovered more goods stolen from the store during a break and enter that had occurred in the early hours of Feb. 23.
Christopher Davis of Red Deer and Jaret Szoke of Sylvan Lake, both 35, were both charged with mischief, two counts of break and enter, five counts of possession of stolen property, and two counts of possession of break-in instruments as well as breaching release conditions. Similar charges are pending against a third suspect.
Davis and Szoke remain in custody pending their first court appearance, set for Red Deer provincial court on Monday.