Red Deer RCMP arrest numerous prolific offenders in targeted crime hot spots

By rdnewsNOW
November 30, 2017 - 8:03am

RED DEER- Recent arrests of note by Red Deer RCMP include a number of habitual offenders identified through Pinpoint, the Red Deer RCMP crime reduction strategy.

Many of the arrests took place in areas RCMP have identified as crime hot spots and locations where the public have reported active criminal behaviour.

RCMP seized significant amounts of drugs, several firearms and a replica firearm during these arrests.

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Shortly before 4 p.m. on November 25, RCMP on patrol in an area known to be active regarding stolen vehicles conducted a traffic stop.

They located several larger bags of methamphetamine along with a number of individually packaged smaller bags consistent with drug trafficking.

RCMP seized the meth and more than $1,000 in cash as proceeds of crime.

Mackenzie Rae Bannister, 19, faces two charges of posession for the purpose of trafficking.

Robert Sean Bishop, 29, two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and a charge of failing to comply with conditions.

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Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on November 25, RCMP on patrol in a known crime hot spot located a stolen truck parked at an address that police have flagged for criminal activity through the Red Deer crime reduction strategy.

The driver was arrested without incident.

Police seized a rifle, a shotgun and ammunition.

The suspect was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

On top of his old charges, Trevor James Gatzke, 33, faces five weapons charges, three failing to comply with conditions charges, and a possession of stolen property charge.

Gatzke appears in court on December 14.

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Shortly before 7 a.m. on November 25, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on Metcalf Avenue.

RCMP confirmed the vehicle had been stolen out of Red Deer and arrested the occupant without incident.

During the arrest, RCMP seized an open bottle of liquor and a pellet gun that the suspect was prohibited from possessing.

Cody Alan Feil, 30, faces weapons and stolen property charges.

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Shortly after 11 p.m. on November 20, RCMP on patrol in downtown Red Deer located two prolific offenders in a stolen truck.

During the arrest, RCMP seized cocaine and methamphetamine.

The truck had been reported stolen out of Red Deer County in the early morning of November 20.

A 30-year-old man and a 48-year-old man face drug and stolen property charges.

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On November 20 at 3 p.m., Red Deer RCMP located a stolen Dodge Ram at a storage unit in the Kentwood neighbourhood and arrested the driver without incident.

The suspect was wanted on a number of outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

The truck had been reported stolen out of Rimbey when it was left unlocked and running.

Michael Langille, 40, faces a charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000, in addition to his warrants. He appears in court on December 6.

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At 4:30 p.m. on November 19, RCMP responded to a report of a stolen SUV parked in a south Red Deer parking lot.

On arrival, police arrested a man and a woman without incident.

The woman was in possession of stolen property from a store in the area at the time of her arrest.

The SUV had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on November 8 after it was left with spare keys inside it.

A 43 year old man and a 41 year old woman face charges of possession of stolen property.

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At approximately 11:30 p.m. on November 18, RCMP responded to a report of a personal robbery after a man walking home through downtown Red Deer was assaulted by two men.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was able to get away from the suspects.

RCMP did not locate the men that night but identified a suspect who has since been arrested.

Bryan Wally Kersch, 48, faces charges of attempted robbery, failing to comply with conditions, and a drug charge.

Kersch is scheduled to appear in court on December 6.

RCMP continue to search for the second suspect.

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Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on November 18, RCMP attended a south Red Deer business in response to a report of shoplifters in custody.

The suspects gave RCMP officers false names but police quickly determined their identities and found they were both wanted on numerous outstanding warrants.

Melissa Caylene White, 33, and Travis Dwight Lindsey, 38, each faced a new charge of obstructing a peace officer as well as their outstanding warrants.

White appeared in court on November 20 and has since had her charges dealt with.

Lindsey is scheduled to appear again on December 5.

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Shortly before 4 p.m. on November 18, Red Deer RCMP responded to a report of a stolen car that was parked in a parking lot in the Bower neighbourhood.

RCMP attended and arrested the two occupants without incident.

The car had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on November 15 after it was left with spare keys inside it.

Joel David Bremner, 47, faces charges of possession of stolen property and possession of break-in instruments.

Christopher Evan Keizer, 25, faces charges of possession of stolen property, possession of break-in instruments, failing to comply with probation, and driving without registration and insurance.

Keizer failed to appear in court and his charges have now gone to warrant status, along with an additional charge of failing to appear in court.

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Shortly before 2 p.m. on November 18, Red Deer RCMP were patrolling an identified crime hot spot when they located a stolen SUV.

Police initiated a traffic stop and followed the SUV for some distance until it was clear the driver was refusing to stop for police.

For public safety reasons, Mounties turned off their lights and slowed down to indicate they would not pursue the suspect vehicle, which fled nonetheless and ran a red light at the intersection of Gaetz Avenue and 55 Street.

Several vehicles were able to avoid hitting the SUV but one vehicle struck it.

The SUV spun and hit a traffic light then collided with another vehicle, pushing that vehicle into the vehicle behind it.

RCMP arrested the SUV driver and seized a small amount of methamphetamine.

Red Deer emergency services attended and ensured that none of the victims had been injured in the three collisions.

The driver of the stolen SUV sustained minor injuries.

The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on November 13 after it was left unattended with keys in it.

Simon John Pelletier, 39, was remanded to appear in court on November 24 and has since been found guilty of flight from police, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and possession of meth.

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Shortly after 5 a.m. on November 18, RCMP on patrol in north Red Deer located a truck that had been reported stolen the night before.

The truck was stopped at the side of the road as it had run out of gas.

RCMP arrested the man who was driving and a passenger without incident.

Jesse Joseph Cecka, 29, faces a possession of stolen property over $5,000 charge and appears in court on  December 12.

Julianna Marie Hinz, 22, also faces a charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000.

She appears in court on December 8.

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Shortly after 4 p.m. on November 17, RCMP on patrol in an area known to be active regarding stolen vehicles located a stolen car with a stolen license plate.

Police tracked the movement of the car from a distance until it had parked, then boxed it in and arrested the woman driver.

The car had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on October 25 when it was left running and unattended.

The license plate was stolen in Innisfail on October 26.

A 28-year-old woman faces charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

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At 1 p.m. on November 17, RCMP located a stolen car with two occupants.

They executed a high risk traffic stop and took the occupants into custody.

Savannah Lee Korth, 20, faces a charge of possession of stolen property and appears in court on December 4.

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At 7:30 p.m. on November 16, RCMP responded to a report of a break-in in progress at a locked industrial compound on Golden West Avenue.

RCMP attended and located the suspect as he was leaving the area after being caught on camera breaking into a holiday trailer in the compound.

At the time of his arrest, the suspect was found to be in breach of a number of court-ordered conditions, including a curfew.

Robert James Martin, 35, faces charges of break and enter, mischief under $5,000, and failing to comply with conditions.

Martin appears in court on December 7.

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In cases where suspects have not been named, most of them had not yet had the charges against them sworn before the courts.

(Gary McKinnon)

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