Arrest in ‘Santa’ jewelry theft


Stettler RCMP have charged 31 yr. old Shawn Steier of Medicine Hat with robbery, possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence and numerous other offences related to the robbery of Ware’s Jewelers on Dec. 24, 2015.

Steier is charged for a robbery on Dec. 24, 2015 at approximately 4:30 p.m. when he alledgedly entered Ware’s Jewelry in Stettler, Ab. wearing a Santa Claus costume,  produced a firearm and demanded various items including jewelry and precious stones.

No employees were physically harmed during the commission of this crime.
Steier is due in court in Stettler on Sept. 22, 2016.
Serious two vehicle collision

Two people were taken to hospital, one in critical condition, following a serious collision on Hwy 9 near Drumheller on Fri., Sept. 9 at around 8:30 p.m.

Reports were received by the Drumheller RCMP of an erratic driver near Range Road 19 – 3.  The small sedan was said to have been crossing the centre line and entering the ditch.  RCMP patrols were made but the vehicle was not located.  A short time later a report of a head-on collision on Hwy 9 was received.

The collision took place five kilometres north of Drumheller.  A 2006 Ford Fusion is believed to have crossed the centre line and collided with an on-coming 2012 Dodge Ram.
The  43 year-old male driver of the Ford was transported to hospital via STARS in critical condition.  The 29 year-old driver of the Dodge was transported via ground ambulance in stable condition.

Investigators are attempting to determine if alcohol or drugs played a role in this collision.

Charges have not been laid.

Traffic on Hwy 9 was diverted for several hours while the collision was investigated.

Attempted murder charge

Stettler RCMP officers responded to a shooting incident at a residential property in Stettler on April 7, 2015.  An altercation at the property escalated to the point where a firearm was discharged.  One male victim was treated at hospital for serious injuries and the person responsible fled the scene prior to police arrival.

The victim received non-life threatening injuries and was released from hospital.

On Sept. 9, 2016, following a lengthy investigation, 29-year-old Benoit Joseph Lacerte was arrested in Innisfail, Ab. and charged with attempted murder while using a firearm.
Lacerte is currently in custody with a court appearance scheduled for Sept. 22 in Stettler.

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