Consort RCMP charge copper wire theft suspects with drug, weapon related offences

Due to an ongoing investigation into copper wire thefts affecting Alberta’s Critical Infrastructure Consort and Coronation RCMP developed a strategic plan with local industry to locate suspects on oil sites stealing copper wire. On July 1, 2024, at 9:56 p.m. as a result of this partnership they were able to locate two suspects on the oil site in the process of stealing copper wire. The suspects were taken into custody without incident but are alleged to have a firearm in their vehicle.

As a result of the investigation Consort RCMP has charged Meggan Ray Cole (32), a resident of Coronation, Alta. With Break and Enter into a Business; Possession of Break and Enter Instruments; Mischief Over $5,000; Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm; Unsafe Storage of a Firearm; Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose; Possession of a Firearm while Unauthorized; and Possession of a Controlled Substance (x3).

Cody Severin (24), a resident of Coronation, with: Break and Enter into a Business; Disguised with Intent to Commit an Offence; Possession of Break and Enter Instruments; Mischief Over $5,000; Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm; Unsafe Storage of a Firearm; Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose; Possession of a Firearm while Unauthorized; and Possession of a Controlled Substance (3 Counts).

Meggan Ray Cole was released by a Justice of the Peace on $1,500 no cash bail with conditions. Her next court appearance is on July 12, 2024 at the Alberta Court of Justice in Coronation.

Cody Severin was released by a Justice of the Peace on $1,500 no cash bail with conditions. His next court appearance is on July 12, 2024 at 11a.m. at the Alberta Court of Justice in Coronation.

Copper wire thefts directly impact Alberta’s critical infrastructure and has a large economic impact on all Canadians. The cost of replacing stolen copper wire is passed on to the consumers and in some case the companies terminate their employees in the areas where the wire was stolen instead of replacing it. There is also a danger to the people committing the offence as well as the citizens that require the service being interrupted. Copper wire theft has to be treated as a serious offence in Canada.

Members of the public who want to report suspect suspicious activity or drug related crime in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

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