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Red Deer RCMP arrest five in stolen vehicle operation

September 21, 2018 1:53 PM

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrested five people on 73 charges during a four-day stolen vehicle operation between August 28 and 31 that recovered nine stolen vehicles and 13 stolen license plates.  

The operation involved police officers from the Red Deer RCMP Crime Reduction Team (CRT), GIS, Traffic, general duty, the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT), and Police Dog Services. The recovery of one stolen vehicle led to a secondary investigation when the suspects were found to be in possession of large amounts of stolen mail.  

“These operations focusing on stolen vehicles and the repeat offenders who traffic in them are key to the Red Deer RCMP’s Pinpoint crime reduction strategy,” says Corporal Karyn Kay of the Red Deer RCMP. “With every arrest RCMP make thanks to these vehicle operations, warrant round-ups, downtown foot patrols, conditions checks on known criminals and our constant patrols of crime hot spots, we’re sending an ongoing message to these offenders.” 

Arrests and charges during the operation:

CRT members located 40 year old Lance Michael Bilsky in a stolen car at a gas station on Taylor Drive the afternoon of August 29. The stolen car rammed an unmarked police vehicle and struck a tree while attempting to flee the scene. The driver then abandoned the car and attempted to flee on foot; he was arrested after a brief foot chase. Bilsky was wanted on a warrant for breach of probation at the time of his arrest. Bilsky is scheduled for court on October 4 at 9:30 am to face the following charges:

  • CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine)
  • Criminal Code 249(1)(a) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
  • Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer
  • Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Criminal Code 333.1 – Theft of car
  • Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation
  • Criminal Code 117.01 – Weapons possession contrary to order X 2
  • Criminal Code 259(4) – Driving while disqualified/ prohibited
  • TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive uninsured motor vehicle
  • TSA 52(1)(a) – Drive without registration

CRT members identified 29 year old Gregory Bruce Deering as a suspect who had been driving a stolen truck that police found parked at a downtown apartment building, and arrested him in an apartment without incident. Deering was remanded to appear in court on September 4 and is scheduled to appear next on September 25 at 9:30 am to face the following charges:

  • Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 4
  • TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive uninsured motor vehicle
  • TSA 52(1)(a) – Drive without registration

CRT members located 30 year old Christopher Chika Nwaribe in possession of a stolen truck with a stolen license plate, while the truck was parked at a north Red Deer business. Police arrested him inside the business without incident. Nwaribe is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on October 3 at 8:30 am to face the following charges:

  • Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000 X 2
  • Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 2
  • TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive uninsured motor vehicle
  • TSA 52(1)(a) – Drive without registration

The afternoon of August 31, CRT members located a stolen truck as it drove through Red Deer, and located it in the Chiles Industrial Park along with a stolen trailer. After arresting the male and female suspects involved, RCMP seized what is believed to be methamphetamine and located large amounts of stolen mail in the trailer, including identification documents, passports, and credit and bank cards. More charges may be pending as that investigation continues.

28 year old Jesse Luke Wallace is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer at 9:30 am on October 3 to face the following 38 charges:

  • CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance (methamphetamine) X 2
  • Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 17
  • Criminal Code 56.1 – Illegal possession or trafficking in government documents X 5
  • Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless use of a firearm
  • Criminal Code 92(1) – Possession of firearm when knowing possession unauthorized
  • Criminal Code 95 – Possession of prohibited weapon with ammunition
  • Criminal Code 96 – Possession of weapon obtained by crime
  • Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer
  • Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Weapons possession contrary to order X 2
  • Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation X 3
  • TSA 94(2) – Drive while unauthorized
  • TSA 52(1)(a) – Drive without registration
  • TSA 54(1)(a) – Drive uninsured motor vehicle

32 year old Leanne Ruth Petit was wanted on warrants for breaching her probation at the time of her arrest; she subsequently failed to appear in court on September 12 and is now wanted on warrants for the following charges:

  • Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 6
  • Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation X 2
  • Criminal Code 56.1 – Illegal possession or trafficking in government documents
  • Criminal Code 145(2)(a) – Fail to attend court

During the stolen vehicle operation, CRT officers also located and arrested 38 year old Dwayne Jeffrey Jamieson, who was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court and, on a separate file, located another empty stolen vehicle that had been hidden in brush. 

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Media contact:
Cst. Derek Turner
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

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