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UPDATED – Additional charges laid in theft of truck from rural property

Charges have now been laid against the three adults arrested yesterday in Debden in connection with a theft from a rural property earlier in the week.

Charges were laid against the following people:

Brandon Whitefish, 22-years-old, from Big River First Nation is charged with:      

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000, section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Traffic Property Obtained by Crime, section 355.2(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Fail to comply with an Undertaking given to Judge, section 145(3) of the Criminal Code
  • Obstruction, section 129(a) of the Criminal Code

His next appearance will be in Prince Albert Provincial Court on March 16.

Kyle Whitefish, 25-years-old, from Big River First Nation is charged with:

  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, section 88 of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000, section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

His next appearance will be in Prince Albert Provincial Court on March 16.

Jo-Dee Ratt, 20-years-old, from Ahtahkakoop First Nation is charged with:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

Her next appearance is on May 15, 2018 in Big River First Nation Provincial Court.  

Big River RCMP members located an F350 truck March 13 around 7:30 p.m. in Debden, Sk. The truck was reported stolen from a rural property earlier that day.

One adult female and two adult males were arrested in Debden without incident. No charges have been laid at this time in relation to these three arrests – this investigation is ongoing.

Following investigation, no charges will be laid in relation to the discharge of the firearm. As such, we are now in a position to confirm that the property owner discharged a firearm into the air yesterday morning in relation to the break and enter complaint.

We want to remind the public that introducing a firearm or other weapon into a situation can be very dangerous. Our message around safety has not changed. Please secure the safety of yourself and your family, call 911 and pay attention/observe all details if you are able. If you can avoid a confrontation, please do so.

We have heard and understand the public’s concerns around crime and have implemented a number of crime strategies/initiatives within Saskatchewan including our crime reduction team, rural crime watch presentations and detachment-specific enforcement initiatives, among others.

We want to thank the public and news agencies for assisting us by sharing the information about the vehicle.

Spiritwood RCMP had received a complaint of a break and enter that occurred in the rural area of Spiritwood Detachment at 12:30 a.m. on March 13. During the incident a firearm was discharged. On March 13, one adult male was taken into custody. This male did not discharge a firearm. No injuries have been reported to police.

Ronald Joseph, 28, from Big River First Nation is charged with 1 count, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public, section 88 of the Criminal Code; 1 count, unauthorized possession of a firearm, section 91(1) of the Criminal Code; 1 count, break and enter, section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code; 3 counts, theft of motor vehicle, section 333.1 of the Criminal Code; 1 count, possession of property obtained by crime, section 355(b) of the Criminal Code; and 1 count, operation of a motor vehicle while disqualified, section 259(4) of the Criminal Code.

He was slated to appear in Spiritwood Provincial Court on March 14.

This incident is still under investigation.

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