Crime & Court

RCMP dismantle vehicle chop shop, recover $250,000 in stolen property near Bonnyville

BONNYVILLE – RCMP dismantled a chop shop, arrested two men and recovered about $250,000 in stolen property.

Police arrested Dean Peter Gamache of La Corey and Kyle Donovan Fletcher of Vegreville.

On Feb. 24, 2021, members from the Bonnyville RCMP Detachment and the Lakeland Crime Reduction Unit (LCRU) entered into a stolen property investigation after locating a stolen Ford F350 service truck from Innisfree at a rural property in La Corey.(La Corey is a small hamlet located about 20 kilometers north of Bonnyville.

When police tried arresting one of the suspects there was a physical altercation and police used a Taser. Both men were then arrested without further incident and the property was secured until police could get a search warrant.

On Feb. 25 police executed the warrant at the La Corey property with the assistance from the RCMP’s K Division North Auto Theft Unit (ATU).

Police located and recovered nine stolen vehicles as well as an assortment of additional stolen property.

Police then entered into a trafficking of Property Obtained by Crime investigation after finding that several of the stolen vehicles had received fraudulent vehicle identification numbers. Police eventually located and recovered three additional stolen vehicles as a result of the continuing investigation. An estimated $246,188.00 in stolen property has been recovered.

Kyle Donovan FLETCHER (33) of Vegreville, AB was charged with the following offences:

•             Obstruction;

•             Assault on Police;

•             Attempt to disarm a Police Officer;

•             Fail to comply with Release Order;

•             Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000;

•             Mischief over $5000.

Dean Peter GAMACHE (31) of La Corey, AB was charged with the following offences:

•             Trafficking in property obtained by crime over $5000;

•             Tampering with a vehicle identification number;

•             Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 x 12;

•             Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 x 4;

•             Mischief over $5000;

Both FLETCHER and GAMACHE were held for a bail hearing where they were Remanded into Police custody. FLETCHER and GAMACHE are scheduled to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court via CCTV on April 6, 2021.

This matter is still under investigation. Police would like to remind the public to be cautious when purchasing vehicles or vehicle parts through private online sales.