September 12, 2017 1:19 pm
Updated: September 12, 2017 1:20 pm

3 people facing 91 charges in theft/fraud ring busted at Edmonton airport hotel

The Edmonton International Airport on July 27, 2015.

Vinesh Pratap, Global News

Three Sylvan Lake, Alta. residents have been charged after a hotel at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) called police to report credit card fraud in progress.

On Aug. 11, the EIA RCMP arrested four people they say were involved in the fraud. After searching the suspects’ vehicles, police found stolen credit cards, ID cards, computers and mail from communities across the province.

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“Property has been recovered from thefts in Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Red Deer and Camrose,” Const. Drew Burchett, Edmonton International Airport detachment, said in a Tuesday release. “We are pleased to be able to bring some closure to those investigations.”

Chance Murankaka, 44, is facing 70 counts of theft and property offences, Travis Muranaka, 40, is facing 14 theft, property and drug offences and Melissa Bowie, 27, has been charged with seven counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

The fourth person was released without charges.

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Travis and Chance Muranaka have been remanded into custody and Bowie was released on a recognizance. All three are scheduled to be in Leduc Provincial Court next on Sept. 14.

The investigation is ongoing and police are looking to speak with anyone with information. Anyone looking to provide information can call the Edmonton International Airport detachment at 780-980-7200. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or online.

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