A 16-year-old youth and 44-year-old man have been arrested as a result of collaboration.
Over the past several days, members of several RCMP detachments and the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) have conducted joint operations in order to arrest suspects involved in property crime and recover stolen vehicles.
“Offenders rely on transportation to get around and commit their crimes,” says Cst. Guillaume Wilson, EADRCRU. “Every time we recover a stolen vehicle we are taking away the opportunity of further crimes being committed.”
On Oct. 15, 2018, members of EADRCRU conducted a joint operation with the St. Paul RCMP and identified the general location of a stolen truck from Bruderheim in St. Paul County and Saddle Lake.
The stolen vehicle fled from police who were containing the area, but became stuck in a rural location.
Rayburne Jackson, 44 of Saddle Lake, was arrested without incident and is facing several charges including flight from police, dangerous driving, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, driving while disqualified, and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
He was released after a judicial hearing and is scheduled to appear in St. Paul Provincial Court on Nov. 1, 2018.
On Oct. 16, 2018, EADRCRU were conducting joint efforts in the MD of Bonnyville with the assistance of Bonnyville RCMP.
A truck, which had been previously reported as stolen was recovered. While on scene, a 16-year-old male youth entered the area, driving a second stolen truck from Ardmore.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled at a high speed before crashing into the ditch.
The youth fled on foot and was quickly apprehended by police.
The 16-year-old Ardmore male, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, faces numerous charges including breaking and entering to commit theft, theft of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering to commit mischief, mischief over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, flight from police, dangerous driving, failing to comply with the conditions of a youth sentencing order, and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
The youth was released after a judicial hearing and is scheduled to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Nov. 6, 2018.