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Three men charged in relation to rural Taber area thefts

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MD of Taber, Alberta – Arrests have been made stemming from a series of break, enter and thefts in the rural Taber area.

RCMP say there was a theft last Wednesday evening near Range Road 154 and Township Road 94 followed by a 911 call about an unknown man pointing a firearm from a pick-up truck.

Two suspects were identified and one, 42 year old Brent Madill of Calgary, was arrested without incident about two miles away.

He’s charged with:

  • Break and enter
  • Theft under $5000 (x3)
  • Mischief under $5000
  • Operation while prohibited
  • Flight from police
  • Possess break in instruments
  • Fail to comply with release order (x3)
  • Breach of probation (x4)
  • Possession of a controlled substance (CDSA)
  • Operate a motor vehicle with no insurance (TSA)

The second suspect, 36 year old Gino Policarpo, was not immediately located but ended up being spotted by police in Calgary Monday afternoon.

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He was with two other men at a gas station in the area of 42 avenue southeast and Blackfoot Trail.

After fleeing on foot, Mounties say Policarpo got tangled in some razor wire while trying to hop a chain link fence.

A quick trip to the hospital and he was released back into police custody.

Policarpo is charged with:

  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possessing a dangerous weapon
  • Theft Under (x3)
  • Mischief Under
  • Break and enter to commit theft
  • Possession of Stolen Property (x6)
  • Resist arrest
  • Assault Peace Officer with weapon
  • Possess break in instruments
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public
  • Resist a Peace Officer
  • Drive with no insurance (TSA)

He was also arrested on outstanding warrants from an unrelated occurrence for:

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  • Utter threats
  • Assault
  • Assault with weapon

Both men remain in custody and have Lethbridge court appearances coming up.

A third man, 43 year old Craig Quesnell of Calgary, was also arrested on Monday and charged with:

  • Possession of Stolen Property (x5)
  • Possess break in instruments
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public
  • Fail to comply with court order
  • Possession of a controlled substance

Quesnell also was arrested on several outstanding warrants, some offences include:

  • Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Possess break-in instruments
  • Break and enter to commit theft
  • Fail to attend court

His court appearances will be in Calgary.

Five stolen licence plates as well as a substance believed to be fentanyl and break-in tools were seized.

The Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit is looking for the owners of a sniper air soft rifle and a pellet gun that were also recovered. If they could be yours, you’re asked to contact the Crime Reduction Unit at 587-439-3259 or 403-462-7217.

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