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RCMP find $250K in stolen items at chop shop northeast of Edmonton

Bonnyville RCMP recovered $250,000 in stolen property and dismantled a vehicle chop shop at a rural property in La Corey, Alta. in February 2021. Supplied by RCMP

Two people are facing a lengthy list of charges after RCMP recovered $250,000 in stolen property and dismantled a vehicle chop shop northeast of Edmonton last month.

On Feb. 24, RCMP from Bonnyville and the Lakeland crime reduction unit began a stolen property investigation after finding a stolen Ford F350 service truck from Innisfree at a rural property in La Corey, a hamlet about 20 km north of Bonnyville.

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Bonnyville RCMP recovered $250,000 in stolen property and dismantled a vehicle chop shop at a rural property in La Corey, Alta. in February 2021. Supplied by RCMP

Officers attempted to arrest two people suspected of stealing the truck, but one of the men resisted and a taser was deployed. After that, the two men were taken into custody without further incident and the property was held while police got a search warrant.

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The next day, the property was searched with the help of the RCMP K Division north auto theft unit, where a chop shop was discovered.

Bonnyville RCMP recovered $250,000 in stolen property and dismantled a vehicle chop shop at a rural property in La Corey, Alta. in February 2021. Supplied by RCMP

Police recovered an assortment of stolen property, as well as nine stolen vehicles — several of which had received fraudulent vehicle identification numbers.

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Police eventually found and recovered three additional stolen vehicles as a result of the continuing investigation.

In the month since the investigation began, an estimated $246,188 in stolen property has been recovered by police.

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Police issued a reminder to people to be cautious when purchasing vehicles or vehicle parts through private online sales.

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Bonnyville RCMP recovered $250,000 in stolen property and dismantled a vehicle chop shop at a rural property in La Corey, Alta. in February 2021. Supplied by RCMP

Kyle Donovan Fletcher, 33, of Vegreville was charged with:

  • Obstruction
  • Assault on police
  • Attempt to disarm a police officer
  • Fail to comply with release order
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Mischief over $5,000

Dean Peter Gamache, 31, of La Corey was charged with:

  • Trafficking in property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Tampering with a vehicle identification number
  • Twelve counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Four counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
  • Mischief over $5000

Both men were held for a bail hearing, which was denied and they remained in police custody.

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Fletcher and Gamache are both scheduled to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court via CCTV on April 6.

Bonnyville is about 240 km northeast of Edmonton.

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