RCMP news: Stolen vehicle crashes in mill yard; suspects flee

Leader staff

It’s not every day somebody crashes a stolen vehicle in a mill yard, but that’s what happened on Dec. 1 at Slave Lake Pulp. According to an RCMP report issued on Dec. 4, the vehicle rolled on the mill property, “and its occupants fled on foot.”
This was suspicious, to say the least. The passenger of the vehicle was found (by employees) on the third floor of a nearby building (which must have been the pulp mill), but the driver was nowhere to be found. A police dog was brought in to help with the search, during which police determined the suspect had stolen “another” vehicle and left the scene. He was arrested the next day by Athabasca RCMP.
An 18-year-old Athabasca man has been charged with six counts relating to the incident. His first appearance in Slave Lake Provincial Court was set for Dec. 6.

Wabasca man found dead
The RCMP’s Major Crime Unit (MCU) and the Desmarais RCMP Detachment are investigating the suspicious death of an adult male after receiving a report that a deceased man was found in a residence on the Bigstone Cree Nation on the afternoon of Saturday, December 2, 2017.
The man – identified later as Marvin Brian Auger – was found by a family member who had stopped by to check on him as he had not been heard from recently. Police were called to the scene where they cordoned off the home and commenced an investigation into the matter. The RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section processed the scene.
“The police investigation is in its preliminary stages,” says the Dec. 4 release. An autopsy on Dec. 5 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton concluded that the man died by homicide.
The investigation is being led by the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) with assistance from the Desmarais RCMP Detachment and the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS).
Evidence obtained to date indicates that Mr. Auger was shot and killed inside his home sometime around the early morning hours of Thursday, October, 26, 2017.
Investigators know that there are individuals with knowledge of this incident and are seeking to speak with persons who may have had contact with Marvin Brian Auger on or shortly before October 26, 2017.
The RCMP requests that anyone with information about this case call the Desmarais RCMP detachment, at 780-891-3768. In the event that callers wish to remain anonymous, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by Internet at tipsubmit.com.

Thieves hit unlocked cars in Swan Hills
During the early morning hours of December 2, 2017 Swan Hills RCMP responded to separate complaints of 12 vehicles being entered into located in various residential areas. All vehicles with the exception of one had been left unlocked. Contents including but not limited to small change, a cell phone, sunglasses, gas cards, and a wallet were taken by unknown suspect(s).
During this time period, a 2017 white Dodge Journey bearing the Alberta license plate of BWD 7071 was also stolen. Later in the week it was recovered.

Big batteries missing
High Prairie RCMP reported the theft of two “industrial-sized batteries” last week from a cell tower near Gift Lake. The theft was reported on Dec. 5, but police think it occurred before Nov. 27.

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