Suspect arrested in string of motel and hotel thefts

A 31-year-old suspect in a number of thefts at motels and hotels in Central Alberta was arrested in Blackfalds on Wednesday.

A 31-year-old suspect in a number of thefts at motels and hotels in Central Alberta was arrested in Blackfalds on Wednesday.

While on routine patrol in Blackfalds, a Red Deer Rural RCMP officer observed a vehicle that belonged to the suspect at the Blackfalds Motor Inn.

RCMP allege the suspect was in the process of committing a crime at the hotel and arrested him without incident.

Police also allege the suspect booked into hotels and motels using fake purchase order numbers from various oil companies. The suspect did not work for the companies. He also allegedly stole property, such as televisions, from the hotels and motels.

Further investigation led to charges against the suspect for crimes committed in Innisfail, Trochu, Red Deer, Blackfalds and Lacombe.

Tyler Gurskey of no fixed address is charged with three counts of theft, five counts of obtaining lodging by fraud and two counts of breaching an undertaking.

Gurskey was remanded in custody to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday.

The investigation continues.