Police briefs

RCMP investigates robbery

Red Deer City RCMP continue to investigate an armed robbery that took place last week at a convenience store in Inglewood.

On April 6th, at about 4:35 a.m., a lone, unknown male entered the Mac’s Convenience Store located on Ironside St. The male made demands of the clerk for cash, while brandishing a firearm.

The suspect had concealed his facial features with a white mask. The suspect fled the store on foot in a westbound direction with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Red Deer RCMP police dog services assisted in the search for the male. He was not located.

Only a limited description of the suspect male is available. The suspect is described as 5’7″, average build, wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and black and white shoes.

Red Deer City RCMP continues to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the male responsible for this crime is asked to contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

Those wishing to remain anonymous, can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If the information leads to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Two males charged after break and enter

Two Calgary men have been charged after a woman came home to find someone had broke into her residence and was still inside.

On April 5th at about 1:22 p.m., Red Deer City RCMP responded to a break and enter at a residence in progress in the Inglewood area. The woman came home to find that her house was broken into and heard that someone was still inside. She called police from a neighbouring residence.

While RCMP were responding, the homeowner observed three males exit from her residence. The suspects then fled on foot.

Police took positions around the area in an attempt to locate the suspects. Red Deer RCMP police dog services and RCMP Red Deer City GIS assisted in the search for the suspects.

One male was located by police a short time later and was placed under arrest without incident. A second male was observed by police exiting from a back yard.

That male was arrested after a short foot chase near the Living Stones Church on 40 Ave. The third male was not located.

A vehicle being driven by the suspects was also located. Police found stolen property from four other residences inside the vehicle.

Ryan Callahan, a 29-year-old male from Calgary has been charged with five counts of break and enter and one count of resisting arrest.

Brett Whitehill, a 34-year-old male from Calgary has also been charged with five counts of break and enter.

Red Deer City RCMP continues to investigate the incident with the assistance from Red Deer RCMP Forensic Identification Section and Red Deer City GIS.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

Red Deer man charged with fraud

A local man has been charged with numerous fraud offences after a lengthy investigation by RCMP.

On April 5th at about 9 a.m., Red Deer City RCMP General Investigation Section Fraud Unit executed a search warrant after a year-long investigation at a residence in the Anders area. A male in the residence, located on Ansett Cres., was arrested without incident.

Lesley Billett, a 45-year-old Red Deer resident has been charged with 17 counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of fraud under $5,000, one count of fraudulent use of credit card data and three counts of uttering a forged document.

It’s alleged that Billett, offered shredding equipment for sale to victims as part of his company. Victims provided money to him either as deposits or as the purchase price for equipment that was never delivered.

Billett is also alleged to have utilized the credit card information of one victim to make purchases locally. He is also alleged to have forged documents to solicit funding for a business venture.

The amount of money Billett is alleged to have defrauded victims, from Alberta, British Columbia, and the United States of America is in excess of $140,000.

Red Deer City RCMP GIS Fraud Unit continues to investigate the incident.

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