The Stettler Wal-Mart has recently experienced a number of shoplifting offences and has provided the Stettler RCMP Detachment with video surveillance in an effort to prosecute those people responsible.
On April 11, three males attended the local Wal-Mart, took a number of small electronic devices and left the store with the items concealed in their pants.
Video surveillance was used to determine the identities of Brandon Gaudry (22), Justin Poteet (22) and Jeremy Genge (20) who currently have warrants for their arrest.
On June 27, a lone male was found stuffing a pair of ‘flip flops’ from the Stettler Wal-Mart into his pants before exiting the store.
The male, identified as Stephen Bauer (34), is currently charged with this and other offences related to the theft.
On July 5, a lone male was caught by the Loss Prevention Officer of the Stettler Wal-Mart dismantling a fishing rod and stuffing it, along with other items, into his pants.
The male was detained and later arrested by local RCMP members. A 44 yr. old Stettler man is currently facing charges related to this incident.
$25,000 tractor stolen
A tractor worth $25,000 was stolen on July 4, during a break and enter from a Stettler area equipment dealer.
According to a Stettler RCMP Detachment press release, the following day an online ad for the sale of the stolen tractor was discovered.
In the evening hours of July 5 along Highway 12 in Erskine, members intercepted the proposed sale and executed a search warrant for stolen property.
As a result of the search, a tractor was recovered and the property was returned to the owner.
Two males, 38 year old Murray Peters of Red Deer and 34 year old Jesse McLeod of Halkirk along with an 18 year old female, Jacqueline Hinse of Halkirk were charged with possession of stolen property over $5000 and possession of stolen property over $5000 for the purpose of trafficking.
Further investigation resulted in charges to both Murray Peters and Jesse McLeod for break and enter and commit theft over $5000 for the earlier break and enter to the business near Stettler.
All three appear in Stettler Provincial Court on July 14.