A man and woman are facing nearly 200 drug, weapons and stolen property charges after a pair of busts in Red Deer last month.
RCMP say the seizures resulted in the recovery of 29 guns, four crossbows, ammunition and stolen property including dirt bikes, identification and electronics.
According to police, the searches are part of a larger crime reduction strategy that focuses on identifying prolific offenders and conducting targeted, intelligence-driven investigations.
The first bust happened November 5 when Mounties searched a storage locker on 79 Street and seized 25 rifles, three shotguns, four crossbows and two pellet guns. Tools, bicycles, dirt bikes, chainsaws, a generator and electronics equipment were also seized with many of the items stored in a large hockey bag, sleeping bag, ski bag and gun cases.
So far, police have determined eight of the guns were reported stolen with one of the dirt bikes reported stolen out of Red Deer during a break and enter October 28. The other dirt bike was reported stolen out of Lacombe during a break-in November 1. RCMP are still investigating the other pieces of recovered property.
The second bust happened November 22 when officers searched a residence on 58 Avenue in Highland Green and seized a shotgun that was stored under a couch in the living room. A magazine from another gun, a replica firearm, large amounts of ammunition, methamphetamine and numerous other items including a laptop, Xbox and identification documents reported stolen in several recent residential break-ins were also recovered.
Andrew Scott Charpentier, 25, faces 100 charges and remains in custody for his next court appearance December 12.
Kelsey Pearl Torpe, 25, faces 98 counts and has court dates slated December 12 and 19.
Red Deer RCMP Superintendent Ken Foster says their commitment through Project Pinpoint and the Priority Crimes Task Force in the region is to help reduce crime significantly.
“The crime reduction model we’re using is targeted and evidence-based,” said Foster. “We’re deploying our resources strategically by focusing on the people, the locations and those issues that are causing the most problems in our community.”
Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer commends RCMP for the work they do in addressing the community’s top concern.
“Crime and public safety is the number one priority of our citizens and it is therefore the number one priority of the City of Red Deer,” said Veer. “This focus on prolific offenders, intelligence-driven analysis to identify repeat offenders, to focus on crime hot-spots and pursuing an evidence-based approach to policing has resulted in the types of charges that we have seen today.”
Foster stresses the importance of reporting all crimes to RCMP.
Property crimes are significant,” explains Foster. “Some people think, ‘Well, it’s just a theft from a shed or a theft from a vehicle’ but it all feeds this whole criminality activity and lifestyle and these firearms, they just get elevated up to higher-end criminals who are going out and doing armed robberies and home invasions and things like that. It’s significant, I’m glad these guns are off the street.”
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