Break and enter at local business

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Coronation RCMP were alerted to a break-and-enter at Castor Home Hardware on Oct. 31 at approximately 3:21 a.m.

Security surveillance was reviewed which showed that two male suspects had gained entry to the store by backing into the front doors with an early 2000’s Ford F-150.

The suspects then stole approximately $15,000 in inventory and caused $60,000 – $100,000 in damages to the business. A license plate was obtained from surveillance, which came back to a stolen vehicle out of Forestburg.

While Coronation RCMP continue to investigate, we are asking for public assistance in identifying the two male suspects.

One was wearing a black face covering and black gloves, black pants, and a beige jacket., the other black pants and coat and a fur toque style hat and gloves.

Please contact Coronation RCMP at 403-578-3666 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Search warrant executed 
Drumheller RCMP initiated an investigation Sept. 27, 2023 into drug trafficking following the discovery of a crashed drone near the Drumheller Institution.

On Nov. 1, 2023, a police operation led by Drumheller GIS was initiated in the area of Township 252 and Range Road 185 in Wheatland County where a suspect vehicle was intercepted in the area and two suspects were arrested.  A search warrant was also executed at a rural property.

As a result of the two-month-long investigation and the search warrant, a pickup truck, quad, motorcycle, enclosed trailer, holiday trailer, and flat deck trailer along with suspected stolen smaller items such as tools and equipment.

Also 295 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 233 tablets of suspected fentanyl and contraband cigarettes, drone parts and accessories consistent with drug trafficking, two air guns/pellet guns, and brass knuckles.

Also printers and material consistent with VIN tampering and licence plate forgery.

The operation also included the execution of a search warrant in a jail cell at the Drumheller Institution where suspected controlled substances and evidence of drug trafficking was located.

As a result of this operation, Drumheller RCMP laid a total of 30 charges against John McConnell (41) and Hailey Morrison (30), both residents of Wheatland County.

McConnell was remanded into custody and his matters are scheduled to be heard in the Strathmore Court of Justice on Nov. 7, 2023. Morrison was released from custody on a $2,500 Promise to Pay Release Order with multiple conditions.  She is scheduled to appear in the Drumheller Court of Justice on Nov. 24, 2023.

Drumheller RCMP and partners continue to investigate this matter and additional charges are pending.

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