Police solve break and enter no one knew about

Local man facing several charges after traffic stop elicits stolen property

A Ponoka man well known to police, 35-year-old Lee Curtis, is facing more charges related to an alleged break and enter.

Around 11 a.m. on July 17, a Ponoka RCMP officer was out conducting a patrol on Hwy. 53 when she noticed a vehicle driving erratically.

The officer effected a traffic stop and ascertained that the driver was under court-ordered conditions to not be driving a vehicle without the registered owner also in the vehicle.

At that point, the man was placed under arrest and taken back to the detachment for processing. It was later found the driver was also the owner of the vehicle, but that the vehicle was not insured.

In the meantime, a search of the vehicle took place where several pieces of stolen property were found that came for a prior rural residential break and enter. However the homeowner, when contacted, was not aware their house had been broken into.

The homeowner has since had the property returned

Curtis, 35, is now facing charges of possession of property obtained by crime less than $5,000, break and enter with intent, possession of break-in instruments, three counts of failure to comply with conditions of a recognizance and two Traffic Safety Act charges.

Curtis remained in custody and is scheduled to appear on these latest charges July 26 in Ponoka Provincial Court.

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