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Central Alberta suspect located with a drone

Gun and ammunition stolen from Rocky Mountain House store
Rocky Mountain House RCMP were able to locate a suspect in a wooded area on Sept. 4, 2023. (File photo by Advocate staff)

A drone helped Rocky Mountain House RCMP locate an armed suspect on Monday.

Rocky RCMP said a report came in at 9:31 a.m. about a man who broke into a gun cabinet and stole a firearm and ammunition at the local Canadian Tire store.

The suspect allegedly pointed the firearm at employees before running out the door. Responding officers saw him run into a wooded area.

Police issued a Police Initiated Public Alert to area residents and secured the area.

With the use of a drone, RCMP were able to locate the suspect who was taken into custody. The firearm was later found in the wooded area with the assistance of an RCMP dog.

A 51-year-old Rocky Mountain House man was charged with theft of a firearm, mischief, two counts of assault with a weapon, three counts of failing to comply with probation order, and seven counts of firearms offences.

He was remanded into custody with a court appearance scheduled for Sept. 6 at Alberta Court of Justice in Rocky Mountain House.

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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