September 25th, 2018

Court Briefs: Man pleads not guilty to charges over stolen car

By Peggy Revell on October 6, 2017.

Not-guilty pleas were entered Thursday by a Medicine Hat man arrested and charged in August when police located him and another man with a stolen BMW from Calgary.

Benjamin Schneider remains in custody at the Medicine Hat Remand Centre, and has not yet sought bail.

Schneider and a co-accused were arrested on Aug. 19 when city police began searching the city for the stolen vehicle. Police had received a report from the Brooks RCMP that the vehicle had failed to pull over for them following an assault, as well as there was a report of gas theft in Medicine Hat.

After police located the vehicle, a search of it found stolen IDs and electronics, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and bear spray. Police believe most of the stolen items are from the Calgary area.

Both men were charged with offences including possessing stolen property over $5,000, possessing a weapon, possessing break-in instruments, possessing stolen property under $5,000, and possessing a controlled substance.

Not guilty pleas were also entered by Schneider for a separate charge of fraud under $5,000 and failing to comply with probation.

Halloween theft

The duo involved in attempted to steal costume items from a local Halloween store that resulted in an employee being pepper sprayed both had court appearances this week.

Bambi Dreaver, age 35, Dreaver appeared Tuesday in court, adjourning until Oct. 11. Crown said at the time they are opposed to Dreaver’s release. Dreaver is charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon.

Kristy Miller, age 26, appeared in court Thursday with an adjournment until Oct. 12. Miller is charged with theft under $5,000. Crown said they intend to seek revocation of the bail that Miller had been granted for other charges she faces over other incidents, including housebreaking.

Police report that on Sept. 29, two women were attempting to steal costume items from the Spirit of Halloween Shop located on Carry Drive SE. When the pair was confronted by staff, one of the females produced a can of pepper spray and sprayed the employee, before they fled the store. Police arrived and located one female near the store and located the other on Southview Drive. Several costume items and the pepper spray were recovered. The store employee was treated by EMS.

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