Police refuse to name suspects in costly crime spree

Two young men were arrested on Tuesday after allegedly going on a crime spree that stretched from rural Ponoka to Fort Saskatchewan and back to Ponoka.

Two young men were arrested on Tuesday after allegedly going on a crime spree that stretched from rural Ponoka to Fort Saskatchewan and back to Ponoka.

RCMP allege the 21-year-old and 19-year-old are responsible for stealing a truck and driving it to Daysland on Monday, then stealing two snowmobiles on Tuesday from farms in the Daysland and Bawlf areas.

The snow machines where found abandoned near another rural location in Bawlf.

The culprits then allegedly broke into a building, stole a car and drove it to Fort Saskatchewan. Police tried to stop the vehicle following an impaired driving complaint.

The suspects took off. Police didn’t pursue.

Later on New Year’s Day, Ponoka RCMP received a dangerous driving complaint involving the suspect vehicle.

The suspects allegedly rolled the car at the junction of Hwy 604 and Hwy 2A south of Ponoka. The car was stopped partway on a Canadian Pacific Railway track.

An eyewitness flagged down a highway sheriff, who arrived shortly after the crash only to find the two suspects had taken off on foot.

Police later discovered from other witnesses that they had hitched a ride from an unsuspecting citizen who drove the men to a residence in Lacombe.

Lacombe Police Service, RCMP Ponoka, and police dog services attended the residence in Lacombe and arrested the pair without incident.

Police laid a number of charges against the two men, including theft, failing to stop for police and entering land on which a line work is situated.

RCMP K Division Spokeswoman Josee Valiquette said that the names of the two men wouldn’t be released due to personal reasons, without elaborating further other than to say that other investigations may be involved.

No other details were released.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call their local RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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