Three Hills RCMP Crime Reduction Unit nab prolific property crime offenders

January 4, 2023
Three Hills, Alberta

News release

On Dec. 28, 2022, Three Hills RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) investigated a theft of a truck from Three Hills and a break and enter at a rural property near Huxley. Alta. Both incidents were believed to be related. During the break and enter, the suspects stole a Honda Big Red 3-wheeler, assorted tools, and a trail camera that had been placed inside by the owner.

Three Hills RCMP later received a call for service for a vehicle which was trespassing on an oil field lease site near Three Hills. The suspect was confronted by workers and a video was obtained. The description of the vehicle used by the suspect matched that of the stolen truck previously reported to police. The suspect left after being confronted. Workers then noticed another vehicle drive onto the lease site, and an individual was seen driving a 3-wheeler that matched that description of the one that was reported as stolen. The 3-wheeler was located abandoned on the road and was recovered by police.

Police also located the stolen truck abandoned at a rural property near Three Hills after a call from the public. Police searched the stolen truck and located a trail camera inside. The video files on the trail camera were viewed, and two suspects were seen committing the break, enter and theft at the rural property near Huxley. The suspects were identified and located at a property near Three Hills. Both suspects were arrested, and during the arrest, a police officer was assaulted.

A 33-year-old individual, a resident of Trochu, Alta., has been charged with:

  • Break, enter and theft
  • Disguise with intent to commit an offence
  • Assault of a police officer

Following a judicial hearing, the 33-year-old individual was remanded into custody and is set to appear in Drumheller provincial court on Jan. 6, 2023.

A 41-year-old individual, a resident of Kneehill County, Alta., has been charged with:

  • Break, enter and theft
  • Disguise with intent to commit an offence
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Operation while prohibited

Following a judicial hearing, the 41-year-old individual was released on a $1000 cash deposit release order to appear in Drumheller provincial court on Jan. 20, 2023.

Three Hills RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress dial 911. The Three Hills RCMP remains fully committed in building safer communities by working in partnership with our community as well as through investigative and enforcement efforts to achieve this goal.


Contact information

Alberta RCMP Media Relations

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