Red Deer man charged in Eckville crime spree

Charges have been laid following an Eckville crime spree, after RCMP received many tips identifying the suspect in a surveillance photo

Charges have been laid following an Eckville crime spree, after RCMP received many tips identifying the suspect in a surveillance photo was published.

On the weekend of Nov. 16 and 17 at least four houses were broken into and vehicle keys and wallets were stolen. The residences were unlocked and people were home sleeping at the time of the incidents, reported RCMP Cpl. James Allemekinders.

Several unlocked vehicles were also entered and purses and wallets removed.

Four vehicles were stolen, two of which were recovered in Red Deer. A suspect used or attempted to use stolen credit cards at a number of locations in Red Deer and Blackfalds on Nov. 16 where he was caught on surveillance videos.

Kyle Robert Meckler, 28, of Red Deer, has been charged with four counts of break and enter to a dwelling house, four counts of theft of motor vehicle, two counts of theft under $5,000 and seven counts of using a stolen credit card.

Police do not believe he was acting alone and are still actively investigating.

“RCMP would like to thank the many members of the public who responded to this request,” said Allemekinders in a news release. “As well, we would like to remind property owners of the importance of keeping house and vehicle doors locked as well as keeping valuables out of vehicles and out of sight.”