Charges laid in connection with break and enter, theft of hand gun

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged two women following a targeted break and enter early Sunday morning.

On November 22, 2015 just after 1 a.m. police responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at north side home. Upon arrival police located a broken window and found the front door insecure. The residence was searched and no one was located inside. Further investigation determined a number of items had been stolen, including a hand gun.

The suspects were identified and later Sunday morning patrols, with assistance from the Tactical Team, attended a home along the 100 block of Grand River Boulevard. The Tactical Team was deployed as a precautionary measure in light of the suspected presence of firearms inside the home. Access to the area was also limited due to the potential risk to the public.

Just before 10 a.m. a 30-year-old female and a 27-year-old female, exited the home and were arrested without incident. During a subsequent search a hand gun was located and seized.

Kristen Rebecca Riemann, 30, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence, break and enter to steal a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Mereanda Josephine Sorensen, 27, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence, break and enter to steal a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and failing to comply with a probation order.

Riemann and Sorensen made their first court appearance Monday.

Investigation is ongoing.