Three charged in property crime spree

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RCMP in Drumheller have laid charges against three in­di­vid­u­als re­lat­ing to nu­mer­ous property crimes which have oc­curred over the last two weeks.

Shortly after mid­night Oc­to­ber 31, 2016, two sus­pects en­tered a locked com­pound at 4 El­e­ments En­vi­ron­ment Con­trol Inc. in Drumheller and stole a John Deere “Ga­tor” util­ity ve­hi­cle and a slip tank. Video sur­veil­lance at the busi­ness showed a male and fe­male sus­pect who were later iden­ti­fied as Ben­jamin Olivier and Jamie Olivier.

Be­tween Novem­ber 12 and Novem­ber 13, 2016, there was a break-in to a Sea-Can be­hind the Drumheller Marks Work Wear­house dur­ing which sev­eral boots and cloth­ing items were stolen.

In the early morn­ing hours of Novem­ber 15, 2016, two per­sons were dis­cov­ered al­legedly steal­ing tool boxes from a truck. The com­plainant fol­lowed the su­pects who crashed their truck into a ditch and fled on foot. Terry Hep­ton­stall, the reg­is­tered owner of the ve­hi­cle and the driver, even­tu­ally turned him­self into po­lice at the scene and stolen property was re­cov­ered.

The pas­sen­ger fled and was tracked by a Po­lice Ser­vice Dog ap­prox­i­mately 11 kilo­me­tres to a farm­ers field south of Drumheller, how­ever was not lo­cated. A search war­rant was ob­tained for Hep­ton­stall’s ve­hi­cle and nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles of stolen property were found as well as a weapon and drug para­pher­na­lia.

On the morn­ing of Tues­day, Novem­ber 15, Drumheller RCMP re­sponded to a com­plaint of a stolen truck from the same area where the po­lice dog had tracked the pas­sen­ger from the ear­lier event. The stolen truck was later lo­cated in the Drumheller Wal­mart park­ing lot at which time it fled from po­lice, struck a parked ve­hi­cle and then drove into on­com­ing traf­fic.

The driver of the stolen

truck was iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Ben­jamin Olivier. An em­ployee of Wal­mart also re­ported to po­lice that the driver of the stolen truck had al­legedly stolen sev­eral pairs of footwear from the store be­fore the events in the park­ing lot took place.

Later that same evening, the stolen truck was spot­ted again in Drumheller driv­ing in a dan­ger­ous man­ner and wit­nesses were able to iden­tify Ben Olivier as the driver.

Drumheller RCMP ob­tained a search war­rant for a ho­tel room oc­cu­pied by Ben and Jamie Olivier on Novem­ber 16. Jamie Olivier was ar­rested at the ho­tel room while Ben­jamin Olivier fled by climb­ing out a sec­ond storey win­dow. He was ar­rested after a brief foot pur­suit. Dur­ing the search of the ho­tel room, in­ves­ti­ga­tors lo­cated property stolen from the truck and Sea-Can as well as drugs, para­pher­na­lia and break in tools.

Ben­jamin Olivier, age 36 from Hanna, has been charged with: Two counts of theft un­der $5000 Pos­ses­sion of stolen property Driv­ing while unau­tho­rized Flight from po­lice Two counts of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle Theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle Fail­ing to com­ply with re­cog­ni­zance Fail­ing to re­main at the scene of a col­li­sion Re­sist­ing ar­rest Jamie Olivier, age 32, from Hanna, has been charged with: Pos­ses­sion of stolen property Pos­ses­sion of break-in tools Pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance Terry Hep­ton­stall, age 36, from Drumheller has been charged with: Three counts of pos­ses­sion of stolen property Im­paired op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle Pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose

All three ac­cused have been re­manded into cus­tody and made their first court ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 18 in Drumheller Pro­vin­cial court.

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