A car crash near Ponoka led to several charges and resolving 12 ongoing police investigations in Central Alberta.
Ponoka RCMP were called to a two-car crash near Crestomere last Thursday at about 7:30 a.m. The crash involved a Ford truck that was reported stolen out of Red Deer a day earlier.
At 7:51 a.m., Ponoka RCMP were informed that a Dodge truck was stolen from the Ponoka County office and a Chevrolet truck was stolen from an adjacent property.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the Dodge towing a trailer with two quads. It was freed from the ditch and departed with the vehicle reported stolen out of Red Deer. A Chevrolet truck was abandoned at the collision scene.
The Dodge then got stuck again a short time later and when officers arrived, the occupants fled in the stolen Ford. Members later located the Ford and took three male suspects into custody without incident.
The Ford was found to be full of stolen property, police said. The recovered quads and trailer were also reported stolen. The Chevrolet was also found full of allegedly stolen property.
Among the items recovered were stolen credit cards and a shotgun.
“We’re always grateful to the public for bringing suspicious activities to the RCMP’s attention” says Staff Sergeant Mike Numan of Ponoka RCMP. “Thanks to the efforts of the many involved RCMP Detachments and Units, we were able to stop this criminal activity and provide our communities closure on these investigations.”
Three men face a total of 88 charges including a 46-year-old from Innisfail and a 51-year-old and a 26-year-old, both from Red Deer. The arrests and recovery of stolen property cleared investigations in Ponoka, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House, Innisfail and Blackfalds.
The 26-year-old has been granted bail while the other two remain in custody and will appear in Ponoka provincial court on March 24.