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RCMP arrest La Corey man in connection to stolen property investigation

Police say arrest linked to January search of rural property

LAKELAND - A Lakeland man has been charged with several offences following a police search of property in the La Corey area.

On March 17, members of the Lakeland Crime RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, along with Bonnyville RCMP, the Eastern Alberta RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, Cold Lake Police Dog Services and the RCMP Auto Theft Unit used a search warrant to assist with an ongoing investigation.

Police say the search resulted in the arrest of a 33-year-old La Corey man who is facing charges of possession of property over $5,000 obtained by crime, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, tampering with a vehicle identification number; fraudulent concealment of a vehicle identification number, mischief over $5,000; possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance; careless use of a firearm; unsafe storage of a firearm; and unlawful possession of a firearm.

At the time of his arrest, the man was also wanted on multiple outstanding warrants.

In January of this year, RCMP members had been at the same property where a search warrant located several vehicles and other property that was reportedly stolen. At that time, police said the value of the seized items was approximately $133,000.

The same search, say police, also found 292 grams of methamphetamine and a dozen illegally owned long-barrelled firearms, including a shotgun that police say was reported stolen in New Brunswick.

Dean Peter Gamache, 33, has been remanded into custody. Gamache is scheduled to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court via CCTV on March 28.