Red Deer pair face nearly 200 charges after RCMP seize dozens of firearms

A man and a woman from Red Deer are facing nearly 200 combined criminal charges after RCMP seized a cache of stolen guns and other property in two raids last month.

Andrew Scott Charpentier and Kelsey Pearl Torpe, both 25, are due back in court Tuesday

RCMP seized 29 firearms in two raids in Red Deer in November. Many of the guns had been reported as stolen. (Red Deer RCMP)

A man and a woman from Red Deer, Alta., are facing nearly 200 combined criminal charges after RCMP seized a cache of stolen guns and other property in two raids last month.

On Nov. 5, RCMP discovered 25 rifles, three shotguns, four crossbows and two pellet guns while executing a search warrant at a storage locker in Red Deer. 

Police also seized tools, electronics and two dirt bikes, which were stolen in separate break-ins in Red Deer and Lacombe.

RCMP determined eight of the guns had been reported stolen.

A second search warrant executed at a home in the Red Deer neighbourhood of Highland Green on Nov. 22 yielded a shotgun that was stored under a living room sofa, a large amount of ammunition, methamphetamine and several items that had been reported stolen in several break-ins including laptop, an Xbox and identity documents.

Andrew Scott Charpentier, 25, faces 100 charges including:

  • 20 counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
  • 28 counts of possession of a stolen firearm.
  • Three counts of possession or trafficking in government documents.
  • One count of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the seized crystal meth.

Kelsey Pearl Torpe, 25, is facing 98 charges in relation to the two raids, including:

  • 29 counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
  • 28 counts of possession of a stolen firearm.
  • Seven counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Charpentier was remanded and appeared in Red Deer court on Dec. 5. He is scheduled to appear next on Tuesday.

Torpe is also scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.