Vegreville, Alberta – On July 13, 2017 the Vegreville RCMP detachment, based on information received from a local business, entered into an extensive investigation into stolen property.
Based on the information received, the investigators succeeded in securing a search warrant for a vehicle located on a property in the town of Vegreville. Two people were arrested, Melissa Sue Appleman, 38 years of age, and Brendan John Lebid, 34 years of age, both of Vegreville.
The search of the camper van Lebid and Appleman were living in yielded over 600 stolen credit cards, stolen identification cards, dozens of stolen cheques, edged weapons, ammunition and a significant quantity of methamphetamine.
Lebid has been charged with 53 offences, ranging from possession of stolen property, identity theft, weapons offences, and possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking (methamphetamine), as well as failing to comply with release conditions. At the time of his arrest, he was at large on a Recognizance entered into before a Justice.
Appleman has been charged with 50 offences, including possession of stolen property, identity theft, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking (methamphetamine).
During this investigation, a second female, Krista Marie Healy, 32 years of age from Lac La Biche, was arrested and has been charged with weapons offences, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), identity theft, and possession of stolen property. As well, Healy was wanted on outstanding warrants by the Lac La Biche RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service for possession of stolen property, uttering forged documents, failing to appear, and failing to comply with probation.
All three parties have been remanded into custody pending court appearances.
The property recovered is related to numerous break and enters to vehicles, business and properties within the Vegreville area.
The Vegreville RCMP would like to thank the public for the information that led to the arrest of these three individuals.
Should you have any information regarding this investigation, or any other investigation, please call the Vegreville RCMP Detachment at 780-632-2223 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).