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Red Deer sees rash of vehicle thefts

A rash of vehicle thefts in Red Deer has police warning drivers not to leave their cars running.

RCMP report that 75 vehicles have been swiped in the last month, including 17 since Tuesday.

Police say that in most cases, drivers are warming up their vehicle or they’re running into a store.

Sometimes, the culprits are taking the vehicle for a joyride, dumping it and then stealing another running vehicle.

Anyone who witnesses such thefts is asked to call police and also say what direction they saw the vehicle travelling. Police advise not to chase after these suspects.

Individuals with information are asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575 or anonymously at Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or report it online at If the information leads to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.



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