RED DEER COUNTY – Five stolen vehicles have been recovered and three people are facing a total of 47 charges following an intelligence led operation conducted by the Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (CAD CRU).
On October 14, Innisfail RCMP enlisted the assistance of CAD CRU on the investigation into a property known to be the target of several community complaints related to suspicious activity. The subjects associated to that property were known to RCMP to be repeat offenders throughout various detachments in central Alberta.
Over two days, the CAD CRU gathered information on the subjects. On October 15, CAD CRU, Innisfail Detachment General Investigation Section and the Red Deer Crime Reduction Team worked together and determined that one of the subjects from the property was in breach of a Probation Order. It was also established that they were driving a stolen vehicle and were in possession of a second stolen vehicle. One vehicle was previously stolen from Delburne and one from Red Deer.
The vehicles were stopped and the drivers were arrested by the RCMP without incident. A search of their persons led the RCMP to seize what is believed to be methamphetamine, bear spray, an imitation hand gun and break and enter tools.
A search warrant was obtained for the property on South Pine Lake Road and was executed on October 16 with the assistance of the Calgary Auto Theft Unit. A search of the property led to the recovery of three additional stolen vehicles, stolen licence plates and ammunition.
At the time of the arrests, Bryce Edward Hagen (31) was bound by a Probation Order in relation to an assault conviction and Jordan James Dempster (24) was bound by two separate weapon prohibitions and on probation in relation to assault and weapon convictions.
In total, 47 new criminal code charges were laid against Hagen, Dempster and Sara Joy Hollar (30). One prohibited weapon was seized and five stolen vehicles were recovered.
Hollar, Dempster and Hagen are all scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 8, 2020.
“A lot of different units provided expertise on this file including the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN), Red Deer RCMP Crime Reduction Team, RCMP Police Dog Services, RCMP Emergency Response Team, and RCMP Auto Theft Unit” says Staff Sergeant Chris Matechuk of the Innisfail RCMP Detachment. “Our ability to utilize such diverse resources creates an efficient response to rural crime in central Alberta.”