May 28th, 2017

Project Street Sweeper nets 86 charges


By Schnarr, J.W. on May 19, 2017.

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com

Eighty-six charges have been laid with more pending, along with $90,000 worth of stolen property and two loaded firearms during the first 10 days of Project Street Sweeper.

The following charges have been laid since May 8:

– Daymon William Sippola, facing 33 charges, including firearms offences, possession of stolen property, theft, theft of a motor vehicle and breach of a recognizance. Additional charges are pending;

– Miranda Dawn Gerard, 19, facing 12 charges including firearms offences, possession of stolen property, theft and theft of a motor vehicle;

– Timothy James Whaley, 21, facing three charges including possession of stolen property and breach of a recognizance;

– Daniel Jackson, 40, facing five charges including possession of a controlled substance (fentanyl and methamphetamine) and possession of the proceeds of crime; and

– Raymond Simpson, 39, facing seven charges, including theft, possession of stolen property and shopbreaking and commit theft.

Prior to the initiation of Project Street Sweeper, police also arrested three other people with property crime offences:

On May 1, police arrested a male in possession of a stolen vehicle at a city home. A female in a second stolen vehicle was also arrested, along with a male inside the home.

Kevin Allen Laffin, 32, is facing 21 charges (with more pending) including firearms offences and possession of stolen property.

Lori Lynn Malinsky, 39, is charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and codeine).

Tyler Elton Macausland, 32, is charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and possession of stolen property.

Members of the Lethbridge Police Priority Crimes Unit and Lethbridge ALERT are sharing resources in a joint forces operation targeting property crime, reducing incidents, and recovering stolen items.

Police say much of the city’s property crime is spin-off created by the city’s drug crisis.

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