An oil and gas company whose property was allegedly damaged by an Edmonton-area man arrested in an extremism investigation says the incident did not pose a risk to the public.
On Thursday, the RCMP’s Alberta-based national security unit announced charges against 26-year-old Kelvin Gregory Maure, a Parkland County resident they say posed a threat to “critical infrastructure, police, and the public.”
Maure was arrested in February after police said he made a series of threatening internet posts. Investigators later seized multiple firearms including two automatic AK-style rifles, explosive material and police apparel.
Among the 34 charges Maure faces are counts of break and enter and mischief for damage to an Obsidian Energy site northwest of Drayton Valley. Maure is accused of breaking into the site and damaging a propane tank and shed worth over $5,000.
“We are aware of the arrest, but given that charges have been laid, we don’t have specific comments on this case as it will be a matter for the courts to adjudicate,” Obsidian Energy spokeswoman Susan Soprovich said in an email.
Soprovich said the property is away from populated areas and that the incident resulted in no injuries and no significant damage.
Police began investigating Maure and a group of “associated individuals” in September 2020.
Scott Isaac, head of the Alberta RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, said Maure was “interacting online with like-minded individuals in posting extreme views that ultimately escalated towards him engaging in criminal activity that posed a considerable risk to public and police safety, ultimately resulting in his arrest.”
He said police are still working to determine whether Maure’s actions “were motivated by a specific ideology or if there were broader intentions to his activities.”
Police say Maure’s behaviour escalated in January, when he is accused of impersonating a police officer near Spruce Grove using “a badge or an article of uniform or equipment.” He is also accused of impersonating a police officer in April 2020.
Maure was arrested Feb. 13 — the day after he allegedly damaged the Obsidian property.
Police descended on Maure’s home in Parkland County’s Heatherlea Estates subdivision that day, as well as another property near Township Road 540 and Range Road 20.
The Heatherlea property backs onto a pond and is owned by a man who shares Maure’s surname. No one answered the door Friday.
Police eventually seized five firearms during the investigation, including an AK-47 and an AK-74 with nearly a dozen magazines, in addition to a 9-mm handgun. They also seized explosive substances including TATP — a material used in mass casualty attacks that can be made using hydrogen peroxide.
Maure remains in custody. His next court date is May 12, when he is scheduled to enter a plea. Calls to a lawyer listed as his legal counsel were not returned.