Swan Hills RCMP investigate numerous oil site thefts, multiple suspects charged

Swan Hills, Alberta – Swan Hills RCMP has seen a 22% increase in oil site thefts over the past two months. On June 12, 2022, Swan Hills RCMP arrested four individuals in the act of stealing copper.

Jason Berk (37) of Red Deer, Alta., has been charged with the following offences:

· Break, enter and theft

· Mischief over $5000

· Possession of stolen property under $5000

· Possess break in instruments

· Obstruct a peace officer

Jason Berk was released on conditions and will be appearing in Barrhead Provincial Court on June 28, 2022.

Copper Theft
(File Photo) Copper Theft

Scott Dolbec (51) of Edmonton, Alta., has been charged with the following offences:

· Break, enter and theft

· Mischief over $5000

· Possession of stolen property under $5000

· Possess break in instruments

· Fail to comply with release conditions

Scott Dolbec was released on conditions and will be appearing in Barrhead Provincial Court on July 26, 2022.

Charlie Russell (61) of Kavanagh, Alta. And Dana Tipper (23) of Edmonton, Alta., have been charged with the following offences:

· Break, enter and theft

· Mischief over $5000

· Possession of stolen property under $5000

· Possess break in instruments

Charlie Russell and Dana Tipper were released on conditions and will be appearing in Barrhead Provincial Court on July 26, 2022.

Along with targeted proactive Police enforcement, the assistance of our community members, local businesses and their employees, local hunters and hunters from out of community, the Swan Hills RCMP, spear headed by Constable Kevin CHOPEK, were able to successfully apprehend and charge these four individuals. The Swan Hills RCMP would like to thank our community for their support and assistance in this investigation.

This investigation is still ongoing as police try to determine how many oil site thefts this group may have been responsible for in the Swan Hills area.

If anyone has any information regarding this investigation or any other crime, please contact Swan Hills RCMP at 780-333-4450. 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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