Central Alberta District RCMP make significant arrests from long weekend incidents

May 24, 2019
Red Deer, Alberta

News release

"Multiple members across various jurisdictions were involved with this dangerous crime spree," says S/Sgt Mark Groves of Central Alberta District RCMP. "Policing efforts do not have borders, nor do crimes, so we will continue to pursue these repeat offenders throughout the province of Alberta."

Central Alberta District (CAD) RCMP are laying over 40 charges against four people stemming from multiple incidents that primarily took place in the Red Deer and Sylvan Lake, Alta. area during the Victoria Day long weekend. These approximately 30 occurrences involved serious risk to police and public as firearms were involved in the commission of these crimes.

On May 16, 2019, at 4:30 a.m., a stolen truck was involved in multiple break and enters with the use of discharging firearms to gain entry.

On May 17, 2019, at 1:30 a.m., Rimbey RCMP were dispatched to a residential break and enter in progress at which a firearm was produced. The suspects fled the scene in a stolen truck. At approximately 2 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP located the truck near Bentley, Alta. traveling at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle ultimately took a dead end township road and entered a ditch. An unknown number of people fled from the vehicle into a wooded area, one female was arrested.

The stolen truck from the previous morning's incidents arrived in the area and swerved at RCMP members who were trying to deploy a tire deflation device. The fleeing individuals jumped into the white truck and RCMP members pursued. The pursuit continued through the Town of Sylvan Lake where firearms from the truck were discharged multiple times at police. During the pursuit, a female fell from the truck and was arrested without incident. The truck was located unoccupied a short distance away, having collided with a parked vehicle. A loaded firearm was recovered from the vehicle.

On May 19, 2019, at 1:30 a.m., Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a 911 call of a break and enter in progress in the Sylvan Lake industrial area. Sylvan Lake and Red Deer RCMP, along with the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Police Dog Services made contact with a suspect vehicle, which swerved at members. An officer discharged their firearm at the vehicle, but no one in the vehicle was injured. A second suspect vehicle, a truck stolen from the industrial property, fled through fencing and was immediately pursued by ERT. The vehicle stopped a short time later, due to mechanical failure, a male was arrested without incident.

On May 21, 2019, at around 2:45 p.m., a male suspect was taken into custody without incident after he was arrested driving a stolen car.

A 32-year-old male of no fixed address has been charged with:

  • Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000
  • Joyriding

He was released from custody after a judicial hearing with conditions, and will appear in Red Deer provincial court on May 29, 2019.

A 29-year-old female of Red Deer has been charged with:

  • Possession of stolen property over $5,000
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking
  • Breach of recognizance (x4)

She has been remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer provincial court on May 30, 2019.

A 23-year-old male of Red Deer has been charged with:

  • Break and enter of a business (x2)
  • Disguise with intent
  • Breach of recognizance (x4)
  • Flight from police

He has been remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer provincial court on June 12, 2019.

An additional male of the Red Deer has been charged with 39 offences, some of which include:

  • Using a firearm in the commission of an offence
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Break and Enter
  • Discharging a firearm
  • Possession of break and enter instruments
  • Disguise with intent

He was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and will be appearing in Red Deer provincial court on June 5, 2019.

No RCMP members were injured during any of these incidents.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further details will be provided.

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Contact information

Cst. Mike Hibbs
Media Relations Group
780-412-5531

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