RCMP makes arrests in property crime spree

Leader staff

Slave Lake RCMP arrested four men last week in connection with a spate of property crimes in the area. Reading between the lines of the March 16 release by Sgt. Marlene Brown, it appears to have been a complicated investigation involving a lot of parts. It came to a head, successfully, on March 14 when police moved in on a residence in the northwest part of Slave Lake they had targeted.
Three men were arrested that swoop; a fourth was picked up later.
“The investigation stemmed from a series of (break-ins) and thefts from recreational trailers in Slave Lake,” says Brown in the release. She subsequently informed The Leader the thefts took place first from trailers parked at The Point and later at Big Fish Bay.
One of the quartet of arrested men seems to have gotten more attention than the rest. He’s 18 years old and has been charged with possession of stolen property, using a stolen credit card, break, enter and theft, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a prohibited weapon.
The young man was brought before a justice of the peace and is being held. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Slave Lake provincial court this week.
Brown did not say much about the other three arrestees in the release. Two of them were found to have outstanding (but unrelated) warrants; the other was released without any charges.
The investigation continues, however.
“Police have identified other suspect(s),” says Brown. “Additional charges may result.”
Information from members of the public appears to have played a role in the above police action. Brown makes a point of thanking them in her release, and encourages more of the same.

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