The Regina Police Service Property Crimes has made progress on a property crime trend that’s emerged in recent months in Regina. Between July 16th to September 28, 2017, police received 79 reports of thefts of 12-volt batteries from privately-owned RVs (recreational vehicles). In most cases, the cables at the front of the vehicle were cut. The RVs were usually parked on the street or the victims’ driveways and the thefts typically occurred in the early morning hours.
On September 6, 2017, one such theft occurred on North Maple Hill Crescent and, thanks to surveillance footage, police were provided a lead to a vehicle and possible suspects. Continued investigation by the Property Crimes Unit identified viable suspects and vehicles believed to be involved in RV battery thefts. On October 2, 2017, plainclothes members, assisted by Patrol, were able to safely make an arrest of two suspects, in south Regina. Further investigation led to charges in connection to the battery thefts as well as other recent offences. A 33 year-old male was charged in connection with Evade Police, Breach of Undertaking, Break and Enter to garage and Theft of firearms, Possession of a stolen credit card from the Break and Enter, and Possession of stolen RV batteries. A 42 year-old male was charged in connection to Possession of stolen RV batteries.
Thirty-three year-old Michael Lee MISSENS, DOB: 1984-06-17, of Regina is charged with:
- Evade Police, [249.1(1) CC];
- 2 x Breach of Undertaking, [145(3) CC];
- Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000, [355(b) CC];
- Break and Enter and Steal Firearm, [98(1)(b) CC]; and
- 2 x Possession of Stolen Credit Card, [342(1)(c) CC].
Forty-two year-old Julian Troy LAVALLEE, DOB: 1974-12-09, of Regina is charged with Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000, [355(b) CC].
Both accused made their first court appearances on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.