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Wednesday , 22 September 2021
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RCMP arrest four suspects in Cold Lake as firearms and stolen property recovered

The Mounties in Cold Lake have arrested and charged four people.

On August 19, officers from the Cold RCMP Detachment and the Lakeland Crime Reduction Unit responded to a report of two unknown suspects in a black Ford F350 pickup truck who were stealing fuel from a local business in Cold Lake.

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The Mounties rushed to the area and located the black Ford F350 truck which had been left damaged and abandoned a short distance from where the theft had occurred. Further Police checks also showed that the Ford truck had been reported as stolen. With assistance from the Eastern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit and St. Paul Police Dog Service (PDS), officers began to track the two suspects who were believed to have fled on foot from the area.

Both involved suspects were subsequently located and arrested after an extensive track by PDS and Cold Lake Detachment Members.

Cody Raymond White, 34, of Cold Lake was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000;
  • Theft under $5000;
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle;
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited x2;
  • Fail to comply with Release Order condition x3.

White was also wanted by Police on an outstanding arrest Warrant for unrelated Criminal Code offences.

Blair Jordan Cardinal, 29, of the Saddle Lake First Nation, AB was charged with the following offences:

  • Theft of a motor vehicle;
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000;
  • Fail to comply with Release Order condition.

Both White and Cardinal were held for a bail hearing where they were Remanded into Police custody by a Justice of the Peace and are scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court via CCTV on August 25, 2021.

On August 19, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Elk Point RCMP Detachment received a report of a break and enter to a business in rural Elk Point. Police were advised by the property representative that an unknown suspect had entered onto the property driving a white Ford F350 pickup truck. The suspect proceeded to break into the shop and had steal an assortment of tools. Upon arriving at the scene, Police located the involved suspect vehicle which proceeded to flee from the area at a high rate of speed. The suspect was positively identified by the responding RCMP member but the vehicle was not located after extensive patrols in the area.

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On August 19,  at approximately 5:30 p.m., a Member from the RCMP’s Lakeland Crime Reduction Unit was conducting patrols on 50 Street in Cold Lake and had located the white Ford F350 truck that was involved in the earlier break and enter in Elk Point. The vehicle was now parked and left abandoned at a local business in Cold Lake.

Upon further investigation officers discovered that the Ford truck had been reported as stolen and three loaded firearms were found inside. Additional members from the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment attended the scene to assist, and located the two involved suspects who were walking on foot in a nearby location. The female suspect was arrested without incident while the male suspect fled on foot from the area.

Police say containment was established and Police eventually located the male suspect who was arrested without further incident.

Kyle Donovan Fletcher, 34, of Vegreville, was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000;
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 x4;
  • Careless use of a firearm x3;
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x3;
  • Possession of a firearm without a licence x3;
  • Possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle x3;
  • Possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm;
  • Fail to comply with firearms prohibition x3;
  • Fail to comply with driving prohibition x3;
  • Fail to comply with Release Order x8;
  • Possession of methamphetamine;
  • Resisting arrest;
  • Flight from Police;
  • Breaking and Entering.

Katherine Arbon-Stensrud, 21, of Camrose, AB, was charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000;
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 x4;
  • Careless use of a firearm x3;
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose x3;
  • Possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle x3;
  • Possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm;
  • Fail to comply with Release Order x2;
  • Possession of methamphetamine.

Fletcher was held for a bail hearing where he was Remanded into Police custody by a Justice of the Peace and is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court via CCTV on August 25, 2021.

Arbon-Stensrud was held for a bail hearing where she was released by a Justice of the Peace on a no cash Release Order with conditions and is scheduled to appear on Cold Lake Provincial Court on September 15, 2021.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!