The Drumheller RCMP Detachment has laid some charges against three individuals in relation to multiple property crimes from the past two weeks.
On October 31 around midnight, two suspects entered a locked compound at 4 Elements Environment Control Inc in Drumheller and made off with a John Deere 'Gator' vehicle and a slip tank. The business' video surveillance showed a male and female suspect, who were later identified as Benjamin Olivier and Jamie Olivier.
Between November 12 and 13 there was a break-in at the Sea-Can behind Mark's Work Warehouse in Drumheller. Several pairs of boots and clothing items were stolen.
In the morning of November 15 two individuals were found stealing tool boxes from a truck. The complainant followed thieves, who crashed their truck into a ditch and fled on foot. Terry Heptonstall, the registered owner of the vehicle and driver, eventually turned himself into police at the scene and the stolen property was recovered. The passenger fled and was tracked by the Police Service Dog 11 kilometres to a farmers field just south of Drumheller, but 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.
Also on the morning of November 15 the 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 located later in the day at the Drumheller Walmart parking lot. The driver fled from police, struck a parked vehicle and then drove into oncoming traffic. The driver of the stolen truck was identified as Benjamin Olivier. An employee of Walmart reported to the police that the driver of the stolen truck had stolen several pairs of footwear from the store just moments before the parking lot events took place.
The Drumheller RCMP obtained a search warrant for a hotel room occupied by Benjamin and Jamie Olivier on November 16. Jamie Olivier was arrested at the hotel room, but Benjamin fled by climbing out a second story window and then was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. During the search of the hotel room, investigators located property stolen from the truck, Sea-Can and also found drugs, drug paraphernalia and break in tools.
Benjamin Olivier, age 36 from Hanna, has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, 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 a recognizance, failing to remain at the scene of a collision and resisting arrest.
Jamie Olivier, age 32 from Hanna, has been charged with possession of stolen property, possession of break in tools and 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 and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
All three accused have been remanded into custody and are scheduled to make their first court appearance on November 18 in Drumheller Provincial Court.