Vegreville RCMP charge male and female relating to Theft of Firearms and Stolen Property including “Myrtle” the turtle

Vegreville, Alberta – On October 8, 2020 Vegreville RCMP was dispatched to a Vegreville hotel for a robbery that had just occurred. Upon arrival members learned that a male and female had broken into a vehicle and stolen 5 shotguns, ammunition and a spotting scope. The owner of the truck found the male in the process of taking the property, and confronted him. The male suspect brandished a knife and threatened the victim before fleeing in a silver Toyota Corolla.

Vegreville Members were quickly able to identify the suspect vehicle through area surveillance, and it was located within minutes. The suspects were both arrested at a downtown Vegreville apartment complex soon afterward without incident. A search of the residence and vehicle was conducted and although the stolen firearms were not located, property was recovered that had been taken from a residential break and enter two days prior, including a family pet turtle. “Myrtle” the turtle was unharmed, and along with the other recovered property has been returned to her family.

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37 year old Brendan John LEBID of Vegreville has been charged with:

Robbery while armed with a weapon

Theft of firearms with violence

Theft over $5000

Possession of a firearm while prohibited (5 counts)

Possession of stolen property (2 counts)

38 year old Amanda Lee HAWKE of Vegreville has been charged with:

Robbery while armed with a weapon

Theft of firearms with violence

Theft over $5000

Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

Possession of stolen property (2 counts)

Judicial Release Hearings have been held, and the presiding Alberta Justice has ordered the conditional release of both LEBID and HAWKE, pending future court appearance.

This investigation is ongoing, if you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Vegreville RCMP at 780-631-2750 or your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, 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.

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