On October 8th, the Vegreville RCMP was dispatched to a Vegreville hotel for a robbery that had just occurred.

Upon arrival members learned that a male and female had broken into a vehicle and stolen five shotguns, ammunition and a spotting scope. The owner of the truck found the male in the process of taking the property, and confronted him. The male suspect brandished a knife and threatened the victim before fleeing in a silver Toyota Corolla.

Vegreville Members were quickly able to identify the suspect vehicle through area surveillance, and it was located within minutes. The suspects were both arrested at a downtown Vegreville apartment complex soon afterward without incident.

A search of the residence and vehicle was conducted and although the stolen firearms were not located, property was recovered that had been taken from a residential break and enter two days prior, including a family pet turtle. “Myrtle” the turtle was unharmed and along with the other recovered property has been returned to her family.

37-year-old Brendan John Lebid of Vegreville has been charged with:

  • Robbery while armed with a weapon
  • Theft of firearms with violence
  • Theft over $5000
  • Possession of a firearm while prohibited (5 counts)
  • Possession of stolen property (2 counts)

38-year-old Amanda Lee Hawke of Vegreville has been charged with:

  • Robbery while armed with a weapon
  • Theft of firearms with violence
  • Theft over $5000
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of stolen property (2 counts)

Judicial Release Hearings have been held and the presiding Alberta Justice has ordered the conditional release of both pending future court appearance.

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