Lethbridge Police Priority Crimes Unit charges man with multiple property, drug and breach-related offences

Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service Priority Crimes Unit has concluded a short-term investigation which resulted in charges against a man in relation to stolen property connected with several break-ins in the southern Alberta area.

On April 1, 2021, a member of the LPS conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 500-block of 23 Street North. An occupant of the vehicle, Stephen Reidy of Lethbridge, was arrested for breach of a release order stemming from a previous charge of break-and-enter to a rural, southern Alberta business.

Through further investigation and consultation with Gleichen RCMP, Reidy was also charged in relation to an earlier break-in to a rural business near Strathmore, which resulted in theft and damages to property valued at more than $500,000. Reidy, 35, was remanded in custody and eventually released.

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On April 7, 2021, PCU members arrested Reidy on other outstanding warrants. As a result of the investigation, search warrants were granted for a storage locker, residence and vehicle all associated to Reidy. Upon executing the search warrant they seized about $50,000 worth of tools, electronics, copper wire, drugs (including methamphetamine) and other items.

Several of the items seized were directly related to the break-in that Gleichen RCMP were investigating. Through further investigation, Priority Crimes Unit members were able to link other property seized to two break-ins at well sites outside Taber.

In total, Lethbridge Police have charged Reidy with: six counts of failing to comply with a release order; four counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000; one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000; and one count of possession of break-and-enter tools. Reidy has been remanded in custody with a next court appearance set for April 30, 2021. He is also facing additional charges from other law enforcement agencies.

Lethbridge Police are very appreciative of the efforts and assistance provided by the RCMP during this investigation. It is through such partnerships and collaborative efforts that law enforcement agencies are best able to deal with the criminal element which commits crimes covering several jurisdictions.

Lethbridge Police Service

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