Charges laid in Rimbey crime spree

Charges have been laid after a crime spree through western Alberta that include a burned pickup truck, rammed police cars, thefts, drugs and firearms.

Charges have been laid after a crime spree through western Alberta that include a burned pickup truck, rammed police cars, thefts, drugs and firearms.

Zane Curtis Bronson, 28, of no fixed address and Andrew William Rogers, 34, of Penhold face a combined 43 charges from the spree.

Bronson has court dates scheduled in provincial courts in Breton, Rimbey, Hinton, Mayerthorpe and Edmonton.

He will be in Breton provincial court today on charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, two counts of assault with a weapon, three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of break-in instruments, driving while prohibited, resisting arrest, mischief and firearm related offences.

Bronson will be in Rimbey provincial court on Sept. 4 on two counts each of break and enter, possession of break-in instruments, having his face masked, mischief under $5,000 and one count each of theft of a motor vehicle, arson to a vehicle, mischief over $5,000, possession of a firearm while committing a dangerous offence and possession of a firearm dangerous to the public peace.

He will also be in Hinton provincial court on Aug. 19 on charges of administering a noxious thing, assault with a weapon, break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle and theft over $5,000.

Bronson will also appear in Mayerthorpe provincial court on Thursday and Edmonton provincial court on Aug. 17 on other outstanding warrants.

Rogers has only one upcoming court date, today in Breton provincial court on three counts of both firearm related offences and possession of stolen property under $5,000 and one count each of possession of break-in instruments and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

They were arrested on Aug. 6 near Breton, after a chase that started 35 km north of Rocky Mountain House.

The spree started early Aug. 6 morning in Rimbey when two men attempted to break into an ATM outside of the downtown Servus Credit Union at 4:20 a.m.

Rimbey RCMP were alerted of a break and enter at an Esso Gas station that was closed at 4:40 a.m. Cash and cigarettes were stolen.

Just outside of Rimbey, police were told of a pickup truck on fire at 5 a.m. That truck was reported stolen earlier than evening and was believed to have been involved in the downtown incidents.

Just north of Rocky Mountain House at about 11:30 a.m., RCMP officers attempted to pull a vehicle over but the driver put his vehicle in reverse and rammed the police car.

One of the officers exited the police car and the suspect vehicle appeared to attempt to run the officer over. The officer was unharmed, and the suspect vehicle took off.

A pursuit lasted about 30 minutes. The two occupants of the suspect vehicle fled on foot but were arrested by the pursuing officers.

Police found a loaded long-barrelled shotgun, stolen property, more than $2,000 in cash, cartons of cigarettes and stolen identification documents including licence plates.

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