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Lethbridge Police lay charges in connection to suspected bike chop shop

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A foot chase this week leading Lethbridge Police right to suspected bicycle chop shop.

Tuesday afternoon (May 28) an officer on bike patrol downtown witnessed a man known to police near the Coalbanks Inn. The man tried to get into a nearby cab, however he took off through the Lady Luck Lounge, continued down an alley and up the fire escape of the Coalbanks Inn to the third floor where he allegedly broke into an occupied unit, ran through it and ended up in a neighbouring suite.

Police knocked on the door and told the man he was under arrest for break and enter. A short time later the suspect opened the door and police found several high end bicycles and bike components in various states of disassembly along with a large volume of cell phones in plain sight.

The woman living in that apartment and a second man inside were also arrested on outstanding warrants.

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A search warrant recovered two high end bikes – one that had been reported stolen in 2017 – along with four bike frames with altered serial numbers, several bike forks, nine rims/tires and other bike components that were hidden in a false ceiling. Police also seized more than 50 cell phones that had been damaged or altered to remove the batteries, a stolen wallet, identity documents, narcotics and needles filled with methamphetamine solution.

37 year old John Carl Michael Wipf and 29 year old Jade Tiffany Ann Little, both of Lethbridge are facing a long list of charges, including possession of stolen property.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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