As a result of several responses from the public to a previous media release, Stettler RCMP were able to identify one of the women responsible for the theft on Sun. Oct. 2 at the Stettler Walmart valuing in at $1200. as 32 yr. old Janine Stewart.
On Nov. 1, Blackfalds RCMP located and arrested Stewart who is facing charges of Theft Under $5000 and Failure to Comply with Conditions. Her court appearance in Stettler is Jan. 12, 2017.
Hanna suspects arrested
RCMP in Drumheller have laid charges against three individuals relating to numerous property crimes which have occurred over the last two weeks.
Shortly after midnight Oct. 31, 2016, two suspects entered a locked compound at 4 Elements Environment Control Inc. in Drumheller and stole a John Deere “Gator” utility vehicle and a slip tank. Video surveillance at the business showed a male and female suspect who were later identified as Benjamin Olivier and Jamie Olivier.
Between Nov. 12 – 13, there was a break-in to a Sea-Can behind the Drumheller Marks Work Warehouse during which several boots and clothing items were stolen.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 15, two persons were found stealing tool boxes from a truck. The complainant followed the thieves who crashed their truck into a ditch and fled on foot.
Terry Heptonstall (36) of Drumheller, the registered owner of the vehicle and the driver, eventually turned himself into police at the scene and stolen property was recovered.
The passenger fled and was tracked by Police Service Dog approximately 11 kilometres to a farmers field south of Drumheller, however was not located.
A search warrant was obtained for Heptonstall’s vehicle and numerous articles of stolen property were found as well as a weapon and drug paraphernalia.
After a stream of thefts the stolen truck and driver was witnessed in Drumheller and RCMP obtained a search warrant for a hotel room occupied by Ben and Jamie Olivier on Nov. 16.
Jamie Olivier (32) was arrested at the hotel room while Benjamin Olivier (36) fled by climbing out a second story window. He was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. During the search of the hotel room, investigators located property stolen from the truck, Sea-Can as well as drugs, paraphernalia and break in tools.
All three were charged with mutiple charges and have been remanded into custody and are scheduled to make their first court appearance on Nov. 18 in Drumheller Provincial court.