Project Street Sweeper nets 86 charges

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - J.W. Sch­narr jwschnarr@leth­bridge­herald.com

Eighty-six charges have been laid with more pend­ing, along with $90,000 worth of stolen prop­erty and two loaded firearms dur­ing the first 10 days of Project Street Sweeper. The fol­low­ing charges have been laid since May 8: • Day­mon Wil­liam Sip­pola, fac­ing 33 charges, in­clud­ing firearms of­fences, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, theft, theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and breach of a re­cog­ni­zance. Ad­di­tional charges are pend­ing;

• Mi­randa Dawn Ger­ard, 19, fac­ing 12 charges in­clud­ing firearms of­fences, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, theft and theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle;

• Ti­mothy James Wha­ley, 21, fac­ing three charges in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty and breach of a re­cog­ni­zance;

• Daniel Jack­son, 40, fac­ing five charges in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance (fen­tanyl and metham­phetamine) and pos­ses­sion of the pro­ceeds of crime; and

• Ray­mond Simp­son, 39, fac­ing seven charges, in­clud­ing theft, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty and shop­break­ing and com­mit theft.

Prior to the ini­ti­a­tion of Project Street Sweeper, po­lice also ar­rested three other peo­ple with prop­erty crime of­fences:

On May 1, po­lice ar­rested a male in pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle at a city home. A fe­male in a sec­ond stolen ve­hi­cle was also ar­rested, along with a male in­side the home.

Kevin Allen Laf­fin, 32, is fac­ing 21 charges (with more pend­ing) in­clud­ing firearms of­fences and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

Lori Lynn Malin­sky, 39, is charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance (metham­phetamine and codeine).

Tyler El­ton Macaus­land, 32, is charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance (metham­phetamine and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

Mem­bers of the Leth­bridge Po­lice Pri­or­ity Crimes Unit and Leth­bridge ALERT are shar­ing re­sources in a joint forces op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing prop­erty crime, re­duc­ing in­ci­dents, and re­cov­er­ing stolen items.

Po­lice say much of the city’s prop­erty crime is spinoff cre­ated by the city’s drug cri­sis.

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