Cochrane, Alberta – A traffic stop by an Alberta Sheriff on October 26 lead to Cochrane RCMP entering into a criminal investigation. A vehicle was stopped for speeding on Highway 1 and the driver was found to be in breach of release conditions. The driver was arrested and during the ensuing investigation, police located a plethora of stolen property and weapons. The stolen property included: break-in tools, over $6000 of electronics and various goods (including sunglasses, watches, and jewellery), gift cards, credit cards, bank cards, a credit card reader, numerous cell phones, a mask, and counterfeit U.S. currency.
The driver, John Cortez, 24 years, and passenger, Tyler Schatschneider, 32 yrs, both of Calgary, Alberta, have been charged with a number of offences, including:
• Four counts of a possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace;
• Possession of a prohibited weapon;
• Possession of instruments suitable for breaking into any place;
• Possession of counterfeit money;
• Possession of instrument for forgery;
• Possession of stolen property under $5000;
• Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
Cortez was also charged with six counts of breaching the conditions of his release documents.
Cortez was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Cochrane Provincial Court on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Schatschneider was released by way of a $3000 no deposit Recognizance and will next appear in Cochrane Provincial Court on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Cochrane RCMP is continuing the investigation and expect to lay additional charges.
RCMP File 2019-1643207
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