Man arrested after door closed on fraud attempt

Ponoka dealership integral to capturing alleged theif, con artist

A man is sitting in remand after trying to sell what turned out to be stolen goods to a local auto dealer.

Ponoka RCMP arrested Brendyn Donald Roger Beaulieu, 28, of Red Deer County on July 20 after an alert employee at the unnamed Ponoka car dealership recognized that the truck the suspect was attempting to trade in was reported stolen.

Around 1:30 p.m., police were called following the suspect allegedly producing documents for the truck along with what appeared to the employee to be identification.

Upon arrival, officers confirmed the truck was stolen and that the suspect had possession of several pieces of stolen, and then altered, identification. The suspect was arrested and Beaulieu’s identity was confirmed at the detatchment.

Beaulieu has since been charged with 20 criminal counts including trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime, identity theft, identity fraud, illegal possession/trafficking of government documents, trafficking/use of a forged document and failure to comply with court ordered conditions. He is also facing charges under the Traffic Safety Act.

This latest alleged crime comes after Beaulieu had been released on his own recognizance three times, the last time being back in May when he and a female were arrested and are facing multiple charges in relation to a stolen vehicle and property out of Red Deer.

Beaulieu was scheduled to appear via closed circuit television in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on July 23.

The owner of the stolen truck has also now recovered the truck and all identification documents as well as a piece of jewellery that was stolen during a break and enter at his home.

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