Two people charged after subject leads police to bike chop shop

Lethbridge Police have charged a male and female with property and drug offences after a foot chase downtown led police to a bike chop shop.

On May 28, 2019 at approximately 2 p.m. a Downtown Policing officer on bike patrol observed a male who was known to police near the Coalbanks Inn. Upon seeing police the male entered a cab and ordered the driver to drive, but when the vehicle did not move he fled on foot through the Lady Luck Lounge, continued northbound through the alley and up the fire escape of the Coalbanks Inn to the third floor where he broke into an occupied unit, ran through it and ultimately entered a neighbouring suite.

Police knocked on the door and advised the male he was under arrest for break and enter. A short time later the male opened the door and police observed several high end bicycles and bike components in various states of disassembly along with a large volume of cell phones in plain sight. The female resident of the apartment and a second male inside were also arrested on outstanding warrants.

A search warrant was subsequently obtained and executed and police recovered two high end bikes – one that had been reported stolen in 2017 – along with four bike frames with altered serial numbers, several bike forks, nine rims/tires and other bike components that were hidden in a false ceiling. Police also seized more than 50 cell phones that had been damaged or altered to remove the batteries, a stolen wallet, identity documents, narcotics and needles filled with methamphetamine solution.

John Carl Michael Wipf, 37, of Lethbridge, is charged with housebreaking and commit mischief, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a stolen credit card, three counts of possession of stolen identity documents, possession of a controlled substance and detrimental conduct in a licensed premises.

Jade Tiffany Ann Little, 29, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a stolen credit card, three counts of possession of stolen identity documents and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Wipf was released from custody by a Justice of the Peace and is scheduled to appear in court June 12.

Little is currently in custody awaiting a Judicial Interim Release Hearing.