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Airdrie RCMP seize weapons, arrest woman after 'suspicious vehicle' complaint

32-year-old Calgary resident arrested after being found in possession of shotgun, crossbow, knife, snap gun and hatchet.
The weapons RCMP seized included a shotgun, crossbow, knife, snap gun, and hatchet.

A suspicious vehicle complaint on Aug. 12 led to Airdrie RCMP arresting a woman after seizing several weapons and ammunition.

According to a press release, the detachment's officers responded to the Coopers Town Promenade parking lot at 8:19 a.m. in relation to a suspicious vehicle complaint. The officers located a 2003 BMW and arrested the female occupant on a Traffic Safety Act warrant held by Calgary Police Service.

"A search of the vehicle resulted in a several weapons and ammunition being found," the RCMP's release stated.

The weapons included a shotgun, crossbow, knife, snap gun, and hatchet. Stolen government identification and tools commonly used in break-ins, such as pry bars, bolt cutters and lock picks, were also found.

The release stated the license plate of the vehicle was also found to have been forged.

As a result of the findings, Ashley Candice Steele, a 32-year-old resident of Calgary, has been charged with several criminal offences, including two counts of possession of break-in instruments, unlawful possession of an identity document, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and unauthorized possession of a firearm. She also faces charges of possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place, uttering a forged document, and three counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

According to RCMP, Steele was remanded into custody and will appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on August 25.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.