Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have arrested a Red Deer man for theft of firearms after two separate break and enters to a Canadian Tire store in the past month.
The investigation began when RCMP were called to a hotel at 11:30 am on July 1 to assist hotel staff with evicting tenants from one of the rooms; the staff had grown concerned after seeing a firearm while approaching tenants about their overdue bill. RCMP located two loaded rifles hidden under one of the hotel stairwells and took a man and a woman into custody without incident. The woman was later released without charges.
The resulting investigation revealed that the man was involved in two ongoing police investigations regarding break and enters to steal firearms at the Canadian Tire located at 2510 50 Avenue in Red Deer. The first break and enter occurred at 5 am on June 5 when two male suspects broke through a fence, smashed through glass doors and then smashed through display cases to steal nine rifles. The second break and enter occurred at 4:30 am on June 29 at the same location when two male suspects again smashed glass doors and display cases and stole five rifles.
21 year old Keifer Angus Collins of Red Deer faces the following charges:
- Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless use of a firearm X 2
- Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
- Criminal Code 96(2) – Possession of weapon obtained by crime X 2
- Criminal Code 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of prohibited firearm
- Criminal Code 98(1)(b) – Break and enter to steal firearm X 2
Keifer Collins was remanded in custody and made his first appearance in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer on July 4. He will appear in court again on July 11 at 9:30 am in Red Deer.
RCMP continue to investigate. If you have information about these break and enters, contact Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online.
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP