Alberta RCMP Forest Crime Unit charges Peace River man in connection to wildfire – Canada Police Report
Sexsmith, AB – After a lengthy investigation in partnership with Alberta Wildfire Investigators, the Alberta RCMP Forest Crime Unit has laid charges in relation to a wildfire that occurred on July 15, 2021, just north of Sexsmith, in Alberta.
On July 10, 2021, a park vehicle was stolen from the compound of the Alberta Wildfire in Peace River, Alberta. On July 15, 2021, this vehicle was used to transport stolen heaters to a rental site just north of Sexsmith, Alberta. The radiators were stripped to remove the copper parts, and during their dismantling, cutting tools started a 1.9 hectare forest fire. Crews from the Saddle Hills County Volunteer Fire Department and Alberta Wildfire responded and extinguished the wildfire. The stolen vehicle was later used to transport and sell the stolen and stripped copper radiators to a scrap yard in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
On April 30, 2022, Malcolm Testawits (38) of Peace River, Alta., was arrested by Peace River RCMP and the Alberta RCMP Forest Crime Unit. He was charged with the following offences:
• Mischief over $5,000
• Possession of Stolen Goods (x2)
He was released and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on June 1, 2022.
Alberta RCMP Forest Crime Unit
Alberta RCMP Southern Alberta District
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