35-year old Lonnie Schwager arrested on Tuesday, May 29
Lonnie William Schwager, a man wanted on 17 outstanding warrants from Calgary, Strathmore and Chestermere was arrested by Calgary Police on Tuesday, May 29.
The warrants included possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving, failing to stop while evading police and failure to appear. Lonnie Schwager has been charged by the Calgary Police Service Stolen Property Unit in connection with theft of copper wire, as well as other incidents.
While searching Schwager, Calgary Police allegedly found a quantity of crystal meth. In addition to the many warrants, Lonnie Schwager was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance as well as several other cases.
On Tuesday, April 17, a man filled up a pickup truck with a large amount of fuel at the Petro Canada station at 5505 Signal Hill Centre S.W., and allegedly drove off without paying. Police allege that the vehicle was stolen. Lonnie Schwager has been charged with one count each of theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
On April 20, during the early morning hours, police believe a stolen truck was used to steal copper wire from an industrial site in northwest Calgary. The vehicle was spotted by a CPS officer, but the suspect fled the area after a traffic stop was attempted. The vehicle was found abandoned shortly after, with a large quantity of copper wire in the back.
Lonnie Schwager was charged with one count each of theft over $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000.
Calgary Police are making copper wire theft a priority and is targeting those believed to be involved. These thefts can create significant safety issues for the community and first responders. When critical infrastructure is targeted, economic impacts can be also felt in the community.
Anyone with information on the theft of copper is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously, using any of the following methods: TALK: 1-800-222-8477 TYPE: tttTIPS.com TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637
Calgary Police ask that anyone witnessing suspicious activity that could indicate this type of theft in progress, or any crime, should call 911.