Extensive Vegreville RCMP Investigation Yields Over 600 Stolen Credit Cards, Weapons & Methamphetamine

Vegreville RCMP have laid several charges on a pair of Vegreville residents after an extensive investigation into stolen property.

RCMP say information from a local business lead to an investigation where an eventual a search warrant was issued for camper van on a property in Vegreville.

According to RCMP, the search yielded over 600 stolen credit cards, stolen identification cards, dozens of stolen cheques, edged weapons, ammunition and a significant quantity of methamphetamine.

Following the search on July 13th, 2017 RCMP arrested both 38 year old Melissa Sue Appleman and 34 year old Brendan John Lebid, both of Vegreville.

Lebid has been charged with 53 offences, ranging from possession of stolen property, identity theft, weapons offences, and possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking (methamphetamine), as well as failing to comply with release conditions.  At the time of his arrest, he was at large on a Recognizance entered into before a Justice.

Appleman has been charged with 50 offences, including possession of stolen property, identity theft, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking (methamphetamine).

During this investigation, a second female, Krista Marie Healy, 32 years of age from Lac La Biche, was arrested and has been charged with weapons offences, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), identity theft, and possession of stolen property.  Healy was also wanted on outstanding warrants by both the Lac La Biche RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service for possession of stolen property, uttering forged documents, failing to appear, and failing to comply with probation.

All three parties have been remanded into custody pending court appearances.

The property recovered is related to numerous break and enters to vehicles, business and properties within the Vegreville area.

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