Red Deer, Alberta – A Red Deer man faces numerous Criminal Code charges after he was caught by homeowners breaking into their garage and attempted to flee in a stolen car, was identified as the suspect in another theft from the day before, and then was found to be breaching his court-imposed curfew conditions.
Shortly after 5 pm on May 16, the suspect was surprised by homeowners in the garage of their Riverside Meadows home. The suspect attempted without success to convince the homeowners that he was in the wrong location and then that he was a police officer. He tried to leave in a Toyota Avalon that was parked at the location; he was prevented from driving away by the homeowner, at which point he grabbed several bags of stolen property and fled on foot.
RCMP responded immediately and searched the area with the help of Police Dog Services. As police tracked the suspect, they met another victim who had just observed the suspect stealing items from his van. Police located the suspect and arrested him a short time afterward despite his attempts to evade officers by taking public transit.
The Toyota Avalon had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on May 15. RCMP also recovered stolen credit cards, fuel cards and debit cards, cell phones and tools; many of these items were connected to a series of theft files from May 15 including theft from a vehicle, a garage break-in and a vehicle smash and grab.
30 year old Lincoln Capel of Red Deer was charged with nine Criminal Code offences as a result of the events of May 16:
- Criminal Code 348(1)(d)/ 344(1)(b) – Breaking and entering/ Robbery
- Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
- Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 4
- Criminal Code 130(1)(a) – Personating a police officer
- Criminal Code 430(1)(d) – Mischief
- Criminal Code 334(b) – Theft from motor vehicle
He is scheduled to appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer on June 1 at 8:30 am.
On May 19, Capel was also identified as the suspect in a theft that had occurred on May 15 when golf clubs were stolen from a vehicle in a church parking lot while the owner attended the church service. In that case, Capel was identified after the golf clubs had been pawned. When RCMP attended his residence to arrest him for this second file, Capel was not in residence, in breach of his court-imposed conditions. Red Deer RCMP issued a warrant for Capel’s arrest and located him in downtown Red Deer shortly after. He faces four additional Criminal Code charges for these events: failing to comply with a recognizance, mischief, and two theft charges.
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP