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Lloydminster RCMP arrest repeat offenders

The local RCMP have arrested and charged three men who were recently released from prison.

According to a news release sent out on Monday afternoon, the three individuals were known to police, having been placed in custody before.

The first man arrested is 24 year old Evan O’Hagan, who was arrested on September 15 after attempting to flee from police in a stolen car. O’Hagan was previously released from a correctional institution on July 25, and is believed by police to be responsible for a ‘rash’ of criminal activity since being released.

Since being arrested, he has remained in custody and further investigation since July 25 has resulted in the following criminal charges, being eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime, eight counts of fraudulently using a credit card, two counts of driving while prohibited, one count of flight from a police officer, and one count of possession of ammunition while prohibited.

He was also brought up on one charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, being fentanyl in this case. He will be attending Alberta provincial court in Lloydminster on Tuesday, September 20.

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The second arrested was taken into custody at the same time as O’Hagan. Matthew Ross Conaghan was taken into custody after attempting to impersonate someone in order to defraud them, while using stolen identification to defraud the victim further. He will be appearing on the same day as O’Hagan, on two charges of possessing stolen property, one count of false pretences, one count of identity theft, another count of identity fraud, one count of theft under $5000, and two counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.

At the time of these offences, Conaghan was bound by court conditions, for charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking, robbery with a firearm and break and enter to commit robbery.

The third man was arrested on September 13. Ryan Kyle Labiuk was taken into custody while fleeing a break and enter along Highway 17 north in the Border City, after having previously being released from custody on August 4 while facing charges of possession of both methamphetamine and morphine for the purposes of trafficking, and failing to comply with conditions.

Labiuk now faces charges of breaking and entering, theft under $5000, possessing break in instruments, possessing stolen property, and three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.

He was previously identified as a prolific offender by the detachment, and will appear in court on September 20.

The release supplied by the detachment said the steps taken by the police are aimed to address those responsible for the ‘bulk’ of the crime in Lloydminster.

“In these instances, Lloydminster RCMP have been successful in arresting and remanding those criminals who have no interest in changing their criminal tendencies, helping to make Lloydminster a safer place,” the statement reads.

“These investigations are all ongoing, and further charges are expected.”

Constable Grant Kirzinger, spokesperson for the Lloydminster RCMP said it would now be up to the courts to decide what happens to the trio arrested.

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