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Claresholm RCMP charge two suspects from Nanton for break and enter

Posted on 20 May 2022 by Prairie Post

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At 4:10 a.m. on May 18th, RCMP received reports of a Break and Enter in progress at a large compressor station located near the junction of highway 22 and highway 520 in the M.D. of Ranchland.  RCMP members from Nanton and Claresholm responded and upon their arrival, 2 suspects fled on foot into wooded areas.  An operation was initiated to apprehend the suspects, which included support from RCMP Police Dog Services.  Within minutes, one suspect surrendered to police and was arrested without incident.  The second suspect was not located despite an exhaustive search of the rural area.

The investigation revealed that the suspects had cut and removed significant amounts of copper wire from the site, stole various other items and equipment, all which were loaded into a nearby suspect vehicle.

40 year old Shane Lewis of Nanton  was charged with:

·         Mischief over $5000 contrary to Section 430(3) of the Criminal Code.

·         Break and Enter and Commit Theft contrary to Section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

·         Possession of Stolen Property over $5000 contrary to Section 355(a) of the Criminal Code.

·         Possession of Stolen Property under $5000 contrary to Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code.

Lewis was taken before a Justice of the Peace for a Judicial Interim Release Hearing; he was released on a $2000 Promise to Pay Release Order with conditions and scheduled to appear in Fort Macleod Provincial Court on June 8th, 2022 to answer to the charges.

Further investigation identified the second and outstanding suspect, as 28 year old Dallan Moser of Nanton. Warrants have been issued for Moser’s arrest with charges of:

·         Mischief over $5000 contrary to Section 430(3) of the Criminal Code.

·         Break and Enter and Commit Theft contrary to Section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

·         Possession of Stolen Property over $5000 contrary to Section 355(a) of the Criminal Code.

·         Possession of Stolen Property under $5000 contrary to Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code.

Sgt. Robert Harms of the Claresholm RCMP stated, “Anti-theft precautions, such as on site surveillance cameras and close monitoring of the site by staff, were key to the apprehension of 1 suspect, the identification of another, and the quick recovery of all stolen property.”

RCMP continue to investigate this matter including indications that a passing motorist may have picked up Moser from near the location and provided transportation out of the area.   

If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Nanton RCMP at 403.646.5722 or Claresholm RCMP at 403.625.4445.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at http://www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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