Alberta RCMP charge 3 in rural theft spree with help of locals, who fired shots

HANNA, Alta. — Alberta RCMP have charged three people in a theft investigation with the help of a rural posse that fired shots in the air to keep the suspects in check.

Mounties say a suspect truck was driving around southern Alberta Thursday and police started getting complaints of stolen fuel.

It turned out the truck was stolen and was involved in the theft of another truck from a garage on a farm near Scapa, a tiny community near Hanna.

Police say people in the area tracked the two stolen trucks to another rural location where one of the trucks had become stuck in the snow and the other truck was attempting to free it.

One of the people fired two shots into the air to prevent an altercation with the suspects.

Mounties say they arrested three suspects, who now face theft, break and enter and possession of stolen property charges.

RCMP have thanked local residents for their help, but say people should not approach or pursue suspected criminals and put themselves at risk.

The accused include Jesse Den Hollander of Sherwood Park, Jimmy Morsette of Red Deer and Angela Lewis of Ponoka.

Morsette and Lewis are to appear in Hanna provincial court next month, while Den Hollander is to appear in court on April 23

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