Police charge two men with property crime spree

Lethbridge Police have charged two men in connection with a property crimes spree throughout southern Alberta.

Following a lengthy and extensive investigation by members of the Priority Crimes Unit, police determined that a 28-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were responsible for numerous property crimes including break-ins, thefts from vehicles, theft of vehicles, mischief to property, arson, driving offences and more between January and March 2017 in Lethbridge, Taber, Fort Macleod, Stavely, Claresholm, Nanton and High River. At some of the crime scenes DNA evidence was collected and processed. The offences targeted both business and residential locations and property.

Kevin Allen Laffin, 33, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
3 counts of break and enter – shop/commercial x3
7 counts of theft under $5,000
18 counts of mischief under $5,000
5 counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000
5 counts of theft of a vehicle
Mischief – interfere with property
Resisting a peace officer
Fail to stop or remain at the scene of an accident
Arson to property

Break and enter to steal a firearm
Possession of identity documents

Laffin is currently a serving prisoner and a judge’s order will be requested for him to appear in court.

 

Joshua Alexander Drake, 28, of Fort Macleod, is charged with:
7 counts of theft of a vehicle
3 counts of break and enter – shop/commercial
4 counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000

10 counts of theft under $5,000

22 counts of mischief under $5,000
5 counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000
2 counts of possession of identity documents
2 counts of flight from a peace officer
2 counts of dangerous driving
Mischief – interfere with property
Obstruct a peace officer
Assault peace officer with a weapon
Arson to property
Break and enter to steal a firearm
Possession/use of a stolen credit card

Drake is also a serving prisoner and a judge’s order was granted for him to appear in court on Jan. 12.