RCMP from Okotoks, Turner Valley, and High River along with Police Dog Services and Calgary Police Services HAWCS Helicopter joined forces to track down five suspects from an incident near Turner Valley.

On Thursday February 7 at 3p.m., Police say suspects smashed multiple windows on a house and garage stealing items at a rural property southwest of Turner Valley before being interrupted by the homeowner.

The suspects fled in two cars and two members of the group were apprehended shortly after their vehicle hit the ditch on Highway 541 and attempting to run on foot.

Police say the vehicle was stolen out of Calgary.

Two more suspects were apprehended near Cataract Creek in Kananaskis Country.

The second vehicle had not been stolen.

A day later on Friday, February 8, Okotoks RCMP arrested the fifth suspect.

Police say Charlee Fernell, 23, of High River, Marcelo Manuel, 25, of Claresholm, along with 22 year old Heidi Thomas, 34 year old Catlin Callahan and 37year old John Kirby, 37 all of Calgary face 44 charges in relation to these events.

The charges include, but are not limited to, break and enter of 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.

Thomas and Manuel were released from custody and made their first court appearance in Turner Valley on Tuesday, February 12.

Fernell, Callahan, and Kirby have been remanded into custody and made their first court appearance in Turner Valley on Tuesday February 12 as well.


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