Cold Lake, Alberta – On November 18, 2020, the RCMP’s Lakeland Crime Reduction Unit entered into a stolen property investigation after assisting the Cold Lake RCMP with recovering a stolen vehicle in the area of Cold Lake. Throughout the course of the investigation, RCMP Members were able to recover approximately $22,000.00 in additional stolen property which was discovered to be associated to a vehicle theft that had occurred in Wainwright on November 12, 2020, as well as a break and enter and theft that occurred at the Rich Lake Fire Hall in rural Lac La Biche on November 17, 2020.
Cody Raymond White (33) of Cold Lake was arrested and charged with the following offences in relation to the stolen vehicle that was recovered on November 18, 2020:
· Possession or property obtained by crime over $5000;
· Resisting Arrest;
· Operate a motor vehicle while prohibited x2;
· Fail to comply with condition of Release Order x3;
· Operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
White was Remanded into Police custody by a Justice of the Peace following a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on December 23, 2020.
Wyatt James Will Whitford (24) of Bonnyville was charged with the following offences in relation to the stolen property from Wainwright and Lac La Biche:
· Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 x2.
On November 25, 2020, an arrest Warrant was issued for Whitford for the above property crime related offences.
On December 10, 2020, Whitford was located and arrested by members of the Edmonton Police Service. Whitford was held for a bail hearing where he was released by a Justice of the Peace on a no cash Release Order with conditions. Whitford is scheduled to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on January 19, 2021.
As these matters are still under investigation, Cold Lake RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information that may lead to the recovery of stolen property or the identification of additional involved suspects. Please contact Cold Lake RCMP at 780-594-3301 or your local police. If you wish 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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