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Sunday , 3 July 2022

Smoky Lake RCMP investigate gas theft on rural property

On June 18, Smoky Lake RCMP received a report of a disturbance involving firearms on Highway 28 near Spedden.

On Tuesday, RCMP released information on the case. When arriving on the scene near Spedden, RCMP located two vehicles and detained both drivers.

The investigation has determined that Jermaine Steinhauer attempted to steal gas from a rural property when he was confronted by the homeowner Earl Roger Flinn, police said. 

During the confrontation, Flinn discharged a firearm. There were no injuries to either men, police said. 

As a result of an investigation into the incident RCMP have charged Jermaine Eugene Steinhauer, 26, of Saddle Lake with theft under $5000, possession of stolen property over and under $5000, flight from police, and driving while prohibited.

Steinhauer has been released from custody on conditions with his next court appearance set for July 14 at Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Court.

RCMP have charged homeowner Earl Roger Flinn, 55, of Vilna with possession of an unauthorized firearm, discharging a firearm with intent, possession of a dangerous weapon, and careless use of a firearm. 

Flinn has been released from custody on conditions with his next court appearance set for July 14 at Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Court.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.