Two local men are facing a string of criminal charges, some involving stolen guns, after an RCMP investigation into property thefts in the Lac La Biche area resulted in the discovery of stolen property on three rural properties associated with the men. Police found 92 long barrel guns, some of them hidden within the walls of toolsheds. Police seized another 274 items valued in excess of $200,000 including, a flat deck trailer, fuel tanks, generators, compressors, tools, chainsaws and ATVs from the three properties located in an area 15 kilometers north of Lac La Biche.
The two men live in Lac La Biche and were arrested on October 9, 2015. They have been in police custody since then, and appear in Lac La Biche Provincial Court today to speak to the charges.
Emile David CADIEUX, age 74, has been charged with:
· 26 counts of Possession of Stolen Property, 10 of which involve stolen guns
Leroy Robert ROSENKRANZ, age 43, has been charged with:
· three counts of Possession of Stolen Property
· seven counts of Trafficking Stolen Property
· three counts of Break and Enter
· four counts of Trafficking a Firearm
The RCMP is now reviewing theft reports on file in an effort to identify the owners of the stolen property. The RCMP is also urging anyone who has had property stolen but has not yet reported it to police, to do so by contacting their local RCMP detachment.
“During hunting season folks have their guns out of safe storage more often,” said Sergeant Henry Van Dorland, Lac La Biche RCMP Detachment Commander. “Making sure guns are secured and out of sight in your vehicle, and returned to the gun locker when you get back home goes a long way in preventing gun theft.”
*press release from Lac La Biche RCMP