On June 18, 2019, Cold Lake RCMP and RCMP General Investigations Section (GIS) conducted a search warrant on the property of Douglas Charland (43) located near the Cold Lake Air Weapon’s Range. Police officers recovered stolen property valued at over one quarter of a million dollars ($250,000.00). T
he police seized four pickup trucks, two utility trailers, some heavy machinery, a backhoe, and a travel trailer. All of these items had been stolen from nine different individuals/companies located in various surrounding communities spanning as far as Edmonton, Alberta.
On June 20, 2019, Charland was arrested by Edson RCMP in connection to a break and enter. He was charged with multiple offences including break and enter, possession of stolen motor vehicle over $5000, mischief over $5000 and breaching conditions.
Cold Lake RCMP GIS was informed of his apprehension and laid nine additional charges stemming from the search warrant executed on June 18, 2019 for possession of stolen property over $5000 and altering/destroying/removing of a Vehicle Identification Number.
On June 21, 2019, Charland did not speak to bail and was remanded into custody scheduled to appear on June 25, 2019 in Bonnyville Provincial Court via CCTV.
We thank the public for assisting the police by being aware of their surroundings during their daily actions and notifying the RCMP of any suspicious activity. Remember, you can always report suspicious activity anonymously by contacting your local RCMP Detachment or you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.