News release from Lloydminster RCMP
Multiple arrests for vehicle thefts
In the month of June the Lloydminster RCMP noticed a marked increase in the amount of trucks that had been stolen. This pattern had also been observed by the neighboring detachments. There was also a noticeable increase in the quantity of recovered stolen trucks and licence plates. The main focus of the thieves has been on three quarter and one tone trucks. Inside this group there appears to be a focus on trucks with aftermarket parts such as, tires and rims, lift kits, smoked tail lights and light bars.
In an effort to address this issue, the four detachments of Lloydminster, Kitscoty, Maidstone, and Onion Lake have been working closely together and achieving the desired results. In all 16 persons have been arrested and charged in relation to the vehicle thefts. The team has utilized the Lloydminster RCMP’s Criminal Intelligence Analyst to locate patterns and trends. Theses four detachments will continue to work together to focus and target those involved in this.
The individuals arrested and charged by the four different detachments at different times through out the on going investigations are listed below:
Jordan Dillon, 20, from Onion Lake
A 27-year0old female from Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation
Fabian Littlewolfe, 25, from Onion Lake
A 22-year-old male from Onion Lake
Jesse Heathen, 28, from Onion Lake
Ronald Heathen, 31, from Onion Lake
Jamie Chief, 23, from Onion lake
Florence Ernest, 22, from Thunderchild First Nation
Guy Lewis, 23, from Onion Lake
Dakota Thunderchild, 25, from Lloydminster
Nicole Wapass, 31 from Onion Lake
William Rhode, 33 from Lashburn
A 49-year-old male from Onion Lake
A 25-year-old male from Onion Lake
A 28-year-old male from Onion Lake
A 26-year-old female from Onion Lake
Some of the charges these individuals are facing are: Possession of property obtained by crime, Flight from police, Resist arrest, Mischief. Currently over 60 charges have been laid.
Ronald Heathen, 31 years old, from Onion Lake, has been charged with possession of stolen property and flight from police. Heathen has pleaded guilty to some charges and has been sentenced to six months in jail and 12 month driving prohibition.
Jesse Heathen, 28 years old from Onion Lake, fled from the police in Lloydminster, through the Maidstone RCMP detachment area and up into Onion Lakes detachment area. These detachments tracked down Jesse and arrested him for Theft of truck, Possession of property obtained by crime x3, Impaired operation over 80 mg%, , possess break in instruments, operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police x3, Resist arrest x2, Mischief x3 and others.
Fabian Littlewolfe, 25 years old, from Onion lake, was charged with possession of stolen property.
Florence Ernest, 22 years old, from Onion Lake, two counts of Possession of property obtained by crime and impaired driving.
These RCMP detachments are urging owners of larger trucks to take precautions to lessen the likelihood that their vehicle will be stolen. A few of these steps would be to never leave your keys in your vehicle unattended, during the day or night. If possible park the vehicle in a garage, shop or driveway, have motion sensor lights, and back your truck in. RCMP are also urging the public to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. The most common vehicle stolen was the Ford F-350.
The Lloydminster RCMP in partnership with Kitscoty, Maidstone and Onion Lake will continue to focus on these events until all parties involved are convicted for their roles.