Three men are facing a list of charges after the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (SAD CRU) found over 800 pounds of stolen copper wire.
The stolen copper wire along with a quad and a breathing apparatus from an oil site was found at a residence yesterday, northwest of Calgary as part of a two-month long investigation.
The items were taken from oil and gas sites throughout southern Alberta and the copper wire was being sold to local metal recycling businesses.
Fifty-five year old Adam Reginald Spare, 33-year-old David Gregory Mitchell and 31-year-old Travis William Kowalchuck are all charged with:
- Trafficking property obtained by crime over $5000.00
- Possession of property obtained by Crime for the purpose of trafficking
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.00 X2
Mitchell is also charged with six counts of break and enter to commit theft, Spare is charged with five counts, and Kowalchuk with one count.
The three men were brought before a Justice of the Peace and were released on no cash bail.
They are scheduled to appear in a Calgary courtroom on July 10.