In late November 2021, Edson RCMP arrested a male and laid charges in relation to an investigation into a break and enter at an oil lease site, which had occurred in May 2021 as well as other incidents.
On June 3, 2021, Edson RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter that had occurred just after midnight on May 31, 2021, at an oil lease site in the rural area of Edson in Yellowhead County, Alta.
At that time, two field cameras each containing SIM cards and SD cards as well as a solar charger were stolen.
On Oct. 29, 2021, Edson RCMP were advised that one of the SIM cards stolen in the May 2021 incident was active and being used.
Edson RCMP's investigation led to obtaining tracking warrants for the stolen SIM cards. As a result, on Nov. 25, 2021, the Edson RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and the Western Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit, arrested an adult male in possession of a stolen pick-up truck in Edson, Alta. A search warrant was subsequently obtained, which was executed at a residence in Edson, Alta. on Nov. 27, 2021, and additional stolen property was recovered in relation to other incidents. Copper wire casings that had been stripped were located in the garage.
Multiple items of stolen property were recovered during the investigation including a GMC pick up, which had been reported stolen from Whitecourt, Alta. on Nov.25, 2021, and two oilfield batteries that had been stolen on Nov. 13, 2021, in Yellowhead County, Alta. The Edson RCMP were able to return some of the items to their rightful owners.
A 33-year-old male of Edson, Alta. was arrested and has been charged with the following:
- Possession of stolen property over $5000
- Break and enter
- Possess stolen property under (x7)
- Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)
- Drive while suspended (TSA)
After a judicial hearing, he was released on a $1500 no-cash release order and will next be appearing in Edson Provincial Court on Jan. 4, 2022.
Edson RCMP continue their investigation. As these matters are now before the courts, no further details can be provided.
Edson RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.