Sylvan Lake trio arrested in theft, fraud ring bust at Edmonton airport

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
September 12, 2017 - 10:53am

Three people from Sylvan Lake are charged following after an alleged theft/fraud ring was busted at the Edmonton International Airport.

Mounties were called on August 11 to a report of a credit card fraud in progress at a hotel at the airport.

Officers attended and arrested four people. A subsequent search of the suspects’ vehicles resulted in seizure of stolen credit cards, identifications, computers and mail.

“Property has been recovered from thefts in Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Red Deer and Camrose,” says Constable Drew Burchett with the Edmonton International Airport RCMP Detachment. "We are pleased to be able to bring some closure to those investigations."

Chance Muranaka, 44, faces 70 counts relating to theft and property offences.

Travis Muranaka, 40, of Sylvan Lake, is charged with 14 counts of theft, property and drug offences.

Melissa Bowie, 27, of Sylvan Lake is charged with seven counts of possession of property obtained by crime is.

Travis and Chance Muranaka have been remanded into custody and are scheduled to make their next court appearance on September 14.  Bowie was released on a recognizance and is also scheduled to appear on September 14 in Leduc Provincial Court.

A fourth person was released without charges.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Edmonton International Airport detachment at 780-980-7200, Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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