LAKELAND - Elk Point and Cold Lake RCMP needed less than 12 hours to catch a suspect wanted in connection to the theft of tools from a rural business and a high-speed pursuit from the Elk Point area.
Police say that at around 7:30 a.m. last Thursday, a person driving a white Ford F350 pickup truck drove onto a rural Elk Point property, got out of the vehicle and broke into a building where an assortment of tools were stored. Property owners contacted police as the theft was taking place and when RCMP arrived, the suspect drove off at a high rate of speed. Police were able to identify the driver, but unable to catch the suspect at the time.
Later that same afternoon, a truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle was spotted by police at a Cold Lake strip mall.
The parked vehicle had no occupants inside. The initial investigation discovered the truck had been reported as stolen, and three loaded firearms were inside. Additional members from the Cold Lake RCMP attended the scene to assist, and located the two involved suspects who were walking on foot in a nearby location. The female suspect was arrested without incident, but the male suspect ran away.
Containment was established and police eventually located the man who was arrested without further incident.
Kyle Donovan Fletcher, 34, of Vegreville, is facing a total of 21 charges including possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, four counts of possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000, three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, eight counts of failing to comply with court orders, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, flight from police and break and enter.
Katherine Arbon-Stensrud, 21, of Camrose, is facing 18 charges, including four for possessing stolen property, three for careless firearm use, two for failing to comply with court orders, along with a charge of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm.
Fletcher was held for a bail hearing where he was held in custody by a Justice of the Peace. He is scheduled to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court via CCTV on Aug. 25.
Arbon-Stensrud was released by a Justice of the Peace on a no cash Release Order with conditions and is scheduled to appear on Cold Lake Provincial Court on Sept.15.