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Man changed with property offences by Vermilion RCMP

Vermilion RCMP has arrested one person after receiving a tip about a stolen bicycle and the suspect. 

On May 30, 2023, at approximately 9:55 p.m. officials received the tip about the bicycle but it was gone when RCMP arrived on the scene. Officers then patrolled to other known locations where the suspect was known to frequent and located the bicycle. Afterward, RCMP entered into a possession of stolen property investigation. 

A male was identified and arrested at the scene and was found to be also breaching conditions and in possession of a stolen identity document. 

As a result of the investigation, Andrew James “AJ” Prill was charged with possession of stolen property under $5000, 2 counts of fail to comply with probation order, and possession of an identity document among others. 

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Sgt. Corey Buckingham of Vermilion RCMP says this was another great example of residents providing police with additional “eyes” in the community.  

“This allowed officers to follow-up on the tip and then use their local knowledge and experience to locate the stolen item and apprehend the individual in possession. Overall an excellent outcome that will now be before the courts.” 

Prill was held in custody pending a Judicial Interim Release hearing. Following the hearing, Prill was remanded to appear on June 5, 2023, at Alberta Court of Justice in Vermilion. 

Subsequent to this investigation, sufficient information was gathered to draft and obtain a search warrant for Prill’s property. The search warrant was executed and additional stolen items were recovered. 

Additional charges are pending. 

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