A Central Alberta man is accused of causing more than $200,000 in damage at Edward’s Garage Chevrolet dealership in Rocky Mountain House.
Waylon Daniel Whitford, 27, of O’Chiese First Nation faces 12 charges in connection with the incident.
Police received an alarm call from the dealership in the early morning hours Tuesday and when they attended, they found extensive damages to the business as a stolen pickup truck had been driven through the showroom and then abandoned outside the business. The pickup truck had been stolen out of Red Deer the previous day.
After further investigation, it is alleged that the same suspect had stolen another vehicle, a new GMC Sierra, from Edward’s Garage, causing further damage in an effort to exit the showroom, fleeing in an unknown direction.
RCMP then located the vehicle on Highway 11 and attempted a stop, but the man kept going. After a spike belt was deployed in the area of Swanson Road, the vehicle was found empty. Police dogs and RCMP searched the area and eventually located the suspect.
Following a judicial hearing related to another investigation, Whitford was released from police custody on Monday at about 5:15 p.m., on conditions that included a driving prohibition.
At 5:25 p.m. that same evening, Red Deer RCMP received a complaint of a stolen Dodge pickup truck in the area of 49th Street and 54th Avenue in the city.
Police said this is the same pickup truck that was used in the incident on Tuesday at the Edward’s Garage Chevrolet dealership in Rocky Mountain House.
Whitford was remanded into custody and was scheduled to attend Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on Wednesday.