Claresholm man one of five facing charges following Turner Valley-area break-in

By Justin Goulet
February 12, 2019 - 9:51am

TURNER VALLEY, AB – Five people are facing charges after a break and enter near Turner Valley, including one male from Claresholm.

According to a release from the Turner Valley RCMP, the five suspects were interrupted by a rural homeowner southwest of the town at around 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2019.

They had smashed several windows of the garage and home, and had stolen property, according to the RCMP. The release noted that the suspects fled the scene in two cars.

Two of the suspects were caught by police shortly after on Highway 541 West of Longview after their vehicle hit the ditch. The two fled on foot.

The RCMP said the vehicle was determined to have been stolen from Calgary. High River RCMP, Okotoks RCMP, the RCMP Police Dog Service and the Calgary Police HAWCS helicopter assisted in finding two of the other suspects near Cataract Creek in Kananaskis. The second vehicle involved was not stolen.

The fifth suspect was found on Feb. 8 by the Okotoks RCMP.

According to the RCMP, the following five adults face 44 charges in relation to these events, which include but are not limited too:

Break and Enter a Residence; Disguise with Intent; Possession of Stolen Property; Possession of Methamphetamine; Obstruction; Possession of Break-In Instruments; Possession of Property Obtained by Crime; Possession of a Prohibited Weapon and Breach of Probation.

The RCMP’s release listed the adults:

Heidi THOMAS, 22-year-old female of Calgary, AB

Char-Lee FERNELL, 23-year-old female of High River, AB

Marcelo MANUEL 25-year-old male of Claresholm, AB

Catlin CALLAHAN, 34-year-old male of Calgary, AB

John KIRBY, 37-year-old male of Calgary, AB.

All five are set to appear in Turner Valley Provincial Court today, Feb. 12.

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