In August 2021, investigators of the Western Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (RCRU), with the assistance of the Spirit River RCMP Detachment, began an investigation into a known property crime offender residing in the Saddle Hills County area.
On Sept. 8, 2021, RCRU officers arrested a 32-year-old male and a 30-year-old female, both of Saddle Hills County. When arrested, the subjects were located in a stolen pickup and in possession of a firearm and ammunition. A search warrant for their property was obtained, and a search resulted in the following items being seized: a second stolen pickup with a loaded firearm inside, a stolen flat deck trailer, a stolen generator, ammunition and cocaine. The property is believed to have been stolen from both Northern British Columbia and Alberta over a period of several weeks.
At the time of his arrest, the 32-year-old male was being sought by police for nine outstanding warrants and was on several bail and probation conditions. The 32-year-old male and the 30-year-old female face a total of 14 charges, which include:
- Possession of property obtained by crime
- Altering a vehicle identification number
- Possession of a prohibited weapon
- The 32-year-old male also faces several additional counts of:
- Failing to comply with release conditions
- Failing to comply with probation orders
Following judicial hearings, the 30-year-old female was released to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Oct. 6, 2021 and the 32-year-old male was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appeared in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Sept. 20, 2021.
"The successful outcome of this file was largely due to tips from the public and good communication between police detachments and support units from two provinces," says Corporal Chris Power of the Rural Crime Reduction Unit. "We encourage rural residents to report any suspicious activity they observe in their communities to their local detachment as it provides police with valuable information that assists us in targeting the offenders committing criminal acts throughout rural Alberta."