UPDATED: Man wanted on province-wide warrant arrested in Halifax

Colin Chisholm
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Stephen Wade Tracey makes brief court appearance in Kentville

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia RCMP have said that the search for 29-year-old Stephen Wade Tracey is over. He’s now in police custody.

29-year-old Stephen Wade Tracey was arrested Jan. 6 and made a brief appearance in Kentville court on Jan. 7.

Police allege Tracey has been involved in crimes involving identity theft and cheque fraud, often with a female accomplice. The female accomplice was arrested on December 19, 2015 in New Brunswick and remains in police custody at a women’s correctional facility.

The RCMP issued a notification that a province-wide arrest warrant had been issued for Tracey on January 5, 2015.

Tracey was arrested the afternoon of Jan. 6 in a vehicle on Almon Street with the assistance of Halifax Regional Police and the Military Police.

Tracey made a brief appearance in Kentville provincial court around noon Jan. 7. Nova Scotia Legal Aid lawyer Brian Vardigans said he was "not in a position to deal with any of this today."

Vardigans said he suggested to Tracey that the matters return to Windsor provincial court tomorrow, Jan. 8. Judge Alan Tufts adjourned the matters until then. Tracey consented to being remanded in custody. Vardigans waived reading of 28 charges.

Crown Jim Fyfe said he would "waive election over to tomorrow."

Tracey is also facing similar charges in British Columbia and Alberta.

RCMP had previously stated that Tracey led a transient lifestyle, with no fixed address, often traveling between Alberta and Nova Scotia.

A RCMP press release thanked the public for their assistance in the apprehension of Tracey.  The investigation is continuing.

Police are asking potential victims of Tracey to contact their local police or Windsor District RCMP at (902) 798-2207. 

Citizens can also contact the Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or at crimestoppers.ns.ca. 

Organizations: RCMP, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Alberta, New Brunswick, Almon Street British Columbia Nova Scotia Halifax Kentville

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