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Fraud charges put over

A man who was charged with a slew of fraud charges after a rental scam had his matters put over to Sept. 25.

Craig Archibald Ayers was set to appear on 17 fraud charges but had his case was put over one week. He has a trial scheduled on Monday where he is facing related charges.

Ayers is charged with 41 counts of fraud under $5,000, 15 counts of obtaining credit by a false pretense or by fraud and one count of fraud over $5,000.

In August 2016, Ayers was arrested and charged with 13 counts of fraud following complaints of a rental scam.

In June 2016, police received two separate complaints of rental property fraud.

Two people said they had viewed apartment #69, 113 Eastgate Way and each paid a $1,500 damage deposit. They each signed a lease for July 1.

The duo were alerted by the Shaw Communications fraud department after several people had requested hook-ups at the same unit for the same date.

After police investigated, another person came forward reporting rental fraud at the same apartment.

Man facing weapons charges appears

A man who was arrested on multiple weapons and drug charges made his first appearance in court on Monday.

The 29-year-old man, who cannot be named because on an ongoing police investigation, put his matter over until Oct. 16 so he could obtain disclosure.

On Aug. 31 St. Albert RCMP searched an apartment in the Grandin area and seized multiple firearms and an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine.

The man is facing charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number, possession of property obtained by crime, three counts of unsafe storage of a firearm and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The charges were laid after an ongoing investigation into an incident that took place in July 2017.

On July 1 around 12:30 a.m., two men, one wearing a balaclava entered a basement suite on Gainsborough Avenue. They entered the building by pushing in a large fan that was seated in an open window.

The lone male occupant struggled with one of the suspects and then fled the apartment by the door to the hallway. The tenant suffered a scratch on his right forearm.

Both suspects left the apartment through the window and fled the area.

Nothing was taken from the residence.

The RCMP believes that the suspects targeted the unit because they were looking for certain property within the apartment. The RCMP does not feel that this was a random home invasion.

 

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