Camrose Police Service Report to December 22, 2020

Camrose, Alberta – December 22, 2020 – The owner of an east end business contacted Police when it was discovered that two of their outside containers had been broken into overnight. Police are investigating.

Another east end business reported that two of his vehicles had been broken into over the weekend. A set of keys were missing but nothing else was stolen from within the vehicles.

Police received a 911 call from a residence where a female who was high on illicit drugs was causing issues within the home. The female was left with a roommate who was to take care of her but when Police had to return to the home a second time the female was arrested to prevent further breach of the peace. The female was later released without charges.

Police were contacted regarding a woman who was passed out in her vehicle. The female was identified and issued a 24 hour suspension and her vehicle was towed.

December 20, 2020

A female reported that her Telus account was compromised in Quebec and she has been locked out of several of her other accounts when she discovered that other accounts had been opened in her name. Police are investigating.

Staff at a hotel contacted Police when a male refused to leave or pay for another night. The male who had outstanding warrants resisted his arrest requiring Police to use techniques to gain compliance. Police then assisted staff with the contents in the room where several drug paraphernalia items were located along with a quantity of methamphetamine and GHB. The male who was being held on his warrants was additionally charged with resisting arrest and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. When the male was provided with an opportunity to conduct a bail hearing he refused to acknowledge himself and provided a false name to the justice of the peace. The male was subsequently remanded into custody.

Just before midnight Police received a complaint of loud music coming from a local bar. Police attended and could see people inside who quickly dispersed. After gaining entry Police located four males hiding in a storage room. The males were identified and had been having a party as well as not wearing masks clearly against AHS guidelines. The bar owner was contacted with reports being provided to AGLC & AHS and charges are pending.

December 19, 2020

Police received two complaints from businesses regarding a male loitering in their buildings. The male was spoken to and set up with community services.

Police observed a vehicle with a license plate that did not match stopping at a convenience store. The male passenger identified himself but the driver provided a false name to Police so they were both detained. The vehicle did not have insurance or registration so a search of the vehicle was conducted and on the back seat two loaded firearms were located covered by a towel. The driver and passenger were both arrested. The driver who continued to provide a false name had several fake ID’s on him with his picture. The male was eventually identified and determined to be a prolific firearms and drug offender in both eastern Canada and Edmonton. Both men were charged with several firearms offences and the male driver was additionally charged with operating an unregistered, uninsured motor vehicle and misuse of a license plate. A bail hearing was conducted resulting in the passenger being released and the driver being remanded into custody.

December 17, 2020

Clandestine Laboratory

Members of the Camrose Police Service Major Crimes Unit, Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit and Camrose/Wetaskiwin General Duty members initiated a joint drug investigation, which resulted in the identification of a clandestine drug lab being operated in Camrose County.

The investigation culminated in a joint agency search warrant, which was conducted on December 14, 2020 at a rural address north of Camrose. The RCMP Emergency Response Team took two subjects into custody in the early morning hours. Once the Emergency Response Team had the property secured it was turned over to investigators. With the assistance of the RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team all chemicals and drugs were secured on site. This enabled investigators to further search the property for drug and production evidence.

The search yielded approximately 90 Liters of GHB, which has a street value of $90,000. There was also other related chemicals and precursor compounds for the production of the GHB. Investigators also located other items and evidence supporting the production of the illegal drug onsite.

Arrested and charged during the investigation was 51 year old, Mark Allan CARLSON of rural Camrose. He’s been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine. He was held for a bail hearing and later released by a justice of the peace. His next court date is set for January 20, 2021.

The clandestine lab members are used to ensure members of the general public as well as police are safe during these types of investigations. This type of cooperative police work is essential in keeping the public safe and demonstrates local agencies commitment to our policing areas.

GHB is a depressant drug and is illegal in Canada according to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. It is produced using a collection of chemicals and when used can cause death.

December 16, 2020

Police received a shoplifting complaint from a west end business where a male had stolen an electronic item. The male was charged with theft and possession of stolen property and issued a trespass notice.

Police received two Covid restriction complaints. One of the issues was immediately dealt with by means of a warning and the second issue is being investigated.

A veterinarian clinic advised that a staff member had been threatened by a disgruntled customer. The staff member did not wish criminal charges but Police are looking for the male customer to speak to him regarding his behavior.

December 15, 2020

Police were dispatched to a residence where a male had been yelling at his mother. The male was transported to the Open Door.

A female contacted Police after a male walked into her home through her unlocked back door. Police attended and the male who was high on alcohol and drugs was removed from the home and arrested for public intoxication. The male was later released without charges.

December 14, 2020

A male attended Police headquarters with a dash cam video of a vehicle which had been driving dangerously in the Save of Foods parking lot. The video showed a vehicle which had been driving with excessive speed in the parking lot. Police are attempting to identify the vehicle and driver.

A residence reported a suspicious vehicle parked on the street idling for over 30 minutes without any occupants. Police attended the area and located a blue Honda car which immediately drove away at high speeds nearly hitting the Police vehicle. The vehicle was last seen heading north out of Camrose on Hwy 833. Police are investigating.

Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle displaying a license plate that did not match. The male driver was identified and determined to also be a suspended driver. The male was charged accordingly and his vehicle seized.

Camrose Police Service

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