Alberta RCMP Locate Stolen Calves, Charge Male with Drug and Firearm Possession

On April 15th the Southern Alberta RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), with assistance from the Alberta RCMP Livestock Section and the Rocky Mountain House RCMP, executed a search warrant on a rural property near Condor, Alta., after an investigation into stolen livestock from the Caroline area in early April. Their investigation resulted in four stolen calves located on the property.

Through great collaboration between the units, a 44-year-old male of Clearwater County was charged with four counts of theft of cattle, one count of failure to comply with a release condition, and one count of possessing ammunition while prohibited from doing so.

“The four calves have been returned to their owner, however, the impacts from crime as a result of a theft of this nature are ongoing,” says Sergeant Gary Maclaren, Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit. “The victim will continue to experience not only the stress resulting from being a victim of crime but also the added financial costs which include the cost of purchasing milk replacer and having to bottle feed the animals as a result of them being apart from their mother too long. Other impacts are long term effects on the mothers of the calves as a result of their separation which can reduce their value.”

While police were searching the property a male and female drove onto the property. Police noticed that the licence plate did not match the vehicle and the driver was found to be operating the vehicle while being prohibited from doing so.

A loaded .45 calibre rifle was located inside the vehicle along with 12 catalytic converters and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.

A 38-year-old male has been charged with:
· Unauthorized possession of a firearm
· Possession of a firearm knowing possession unauthorized
· Careless use of a firearm
· Unsafe storage of a firearm
· Possession of methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)
· Fail to comply with release condition order
· Drive while unauthorized (TSA)

The investigation relating to the seized items is ongoing.

Anyone with information on cattle theft is urged to contact the Livestock Section of the RCMP at 403-701-1462, or their local police.


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