Dozens arrested in Red Deer RCMP warrant round-up

By Sheldon Spackman
December 29, 2017 - 1:20pm

A continued effort to reduce crime in our city has resulted in Red Deer RCMP arresting 45 people, executing 110 warrants and clearing 142 charges over the past two weeks.

On December 15 and again from December 19-22, Mounties targeted a range of criminals including prolific property crime offenders, domestic violence offenders, people active in identity, mail and credit card theft and repeat offenders. Police say most had warrants for failing to appear in court and failing to comply with court-imposed conditions on top of the original crimes they were charged with.

In one instance, RCMP arrested a 28-year-old woman wanted on four warrants, including charges for a personal robbery in which the victim was stabbed. Another 28-year-old woman flagged as a prolific offennder, found hiding in a closet in a residence, was arrested on 19 outstanding warrants for various property crimes, failing to comply with conditions and failing to appear in court.

A prolific male offender previously picked up during a warrant round-up in August was also arrested again. Mounties allege he failed to appear in court and was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

On the traffic side of things, RCMP arrested several people wanted on warrants for repeated traffic charges, failing to pay fines and failing to appear in court. One man’s total charges for unpaid fines was $4,500 at the time of his arrest.

In a release, Red Deer RCMP Inspector Gerald Grobmeier, says the warrant round-up was another successful example of the targeted crime reduction strategies RCMP use.

“This follows on the heels of a covert stolen vehicle operation earlier this month that resulted in 13 arrests, multiple charges and more than 30 warrants being executed with the Priority Crimes Taskforce that took almost 30 stolen firearms out of the hands of criminals,” says Grobmeier. “Between these special operations, our daily attention to policing crime hot spots and targeting career criminals and the great support we get from citizens in reporting crime, our goal is to reduce property crime and reduce the impact of the drug trade on community safety.”  

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