An Eckville man has been charged in connection with numerous break-and-enters throughout Central Alberta.
Following a four-month investigation by the Southern Alberta auto theft team and Rocky Mountain House RCMP, two warrants were executed at a property in Clearwater County belonging to Ryan Gomes, 29.
Police recovered a stolen travel trailer, stolen Ford pickup truck, two stolen motorcycles, stolen vehicle parts and licence plates, stolen cigarettes and 10 firearms.
It is alleged that Gomes was selling the stolen vehicles to unsuspecting customers.
The warrants were carried out by RCMP members from Calgary, Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan Lake detachments, with assistance of the emergency response team.
Prior to the warrant execution, Mounties say they attempted to stop Gomes in a vehicle. He allegedly fled officers but was found and detained a short time later by Rimbey RCMP.
Gomes has been charged with flight from a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking property obtained by crime, four counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, five counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and failing to comply with conditions.
Gomes has been released with conditions to appear in Rocky Mountain House provincial court on Sept. 9.