Southern Alberta RCMP Crime Reduction Unit lay charges in string of jewelry store thefts

Red Deer, Alberta – On Nov. 24, 2021 the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (SACRU) with assistance from the Airdrie RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and Calgary Police Service (CPS) arrested two males wanted on warrants as well as alleged to have committed five separate jewelry store “grab and go” occurrences between Oct. 4, 2021 and Nov. 24, 2021 in Calgary, Airdrie and Red Deer.

The incidents occurred in Calgary on Oct. 4, Red Deer Oct. 8, Airdrie, Alta. Oct. 16, Calgary Nov. 13 and Red Deer Nov. 24, 2021.

While investigating a separate incident south of Red Deer on Nov. 24, 2021, at approximately 2 p.m., SACRU responded to a request from Red Deer RCMP to be on the lookout for a silver grey sedan believed to have been used to flee from a theft from a business in Red Deer. SACRU members spotted the vehicle on Highway 2 and followed the vehicle with the help of HAWCS to a residence in northwest Calgary where two males were then taken into custody by SACRU. A search warrant was obtained and executed on the residence and a ring worth $2,500.00 confirmed stolen from the Red Deer jewelry store theft was seized.

A Nissan Maxima, various pieces of stolen identification, Peace Officer’s uniform, wallet, and keys to a Saturn vehicle, along with other items not related to the Nov. 24 incident, including small amounts of cocaine and meth were also seized.

Peace Officer’s uniform
Peace Officer’s uniform

Michael McKie (53) was arrested on three warrants out of Calgary and has been charged with the following in relation to the new incidents:

· Theft Over $5,000 (x5)

· Possession of stolen property over $5,000

· Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000.00 (x2)

· Unlawful possession of a controlled substance

· Fail to comply with release order

Carl Quesnell (49) was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Calgary and has been charged with new offences in relation to this incident of:

· Theft Over $5,000.00

· Unlawful possession of a controlled substance

· Fail to comply with release order

After a judicial hearing, McKie and Quesnell did not speak to bail. They were both remanded to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 14, 2021.

SACRU is looking for the owners of several drills and a battery booster pack that was recovered. The Hilti drill has the name “Brett” on it and the battery booster pack has “WOOL #112”.

If you believe these items are yours, please contact Cst. Kim or Sgt. Maclaren at 403-420-4883.

As these matters are now before the courts, no further details can be provided.

Southern Alberta RCMP Crime Reduction Unit



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