Two men arrested; stolen vehicles recovered

On July 12, 2018, the RCMP Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) made efforts to locate a male wanted on outstanding warrants in St. Paul.

Christopher Berlinquette (39) of St. Paul was arrested without incident for outstanding warrants on several provincial offences, including failing to attend court. He was released with a Recognizance and is schedule to appear in St. Paul Provincial Court on July 19, 2018.

Efforts continued the same day to locate another wanted male resulted in the seizure of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was seized and analyzed with the assistance of the St. Paul Forensic Identification Services (FIS). The investigation related to the stolen vehicle is ongoing and the male was not located.

EADRCRU continued its efforts in the Two Hills and Vermilion areas. A joint effort between the Vermilion RCMP, EADRCRU, and Police Dog Services (PDS) resulted in the recovery of a stolen truck and licence plate from Vermilion and a stolen SUV from Lloydminster. While these investigations were ongoing, a wanted male ran away from a residence in Vermilion County.  RCMP members tracked the male to a separate residence, where he was arrested without incident.

The 20-year-old male from Vermilion was charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Trafficking property obtained by crime
  • Failing to comply with a probation order
  • Failing to attend court

He was remanded into custody and appeared in Vermilion Provincial Court on July 16, 2018.

The Alberta RCMP Crime Reduction Strategy is a targeted, evidence based approach to policing. This model enables police to identify repeat offenders, conduct targeted enforcement initiatives and to address the root cause of a crime.

“We want the public to know our Rural Crime Reduction Unit is out there in communities addressing crime hotspots,” says Constable Guillaume Wilson. “We will continue to target repeat offenders who commit crimes and bring them before the courts.”