Ponoka RCMP seized brass knuckles, bear spray and knives seized from stolen truck last week. (File photo by Advocate Staff)

Ponoka RCMP arrest man sleeping in stolen vehicle

Ponoka RCMP say a man found sleeping in a stolen vehicle has been arrested.

At 9:15 p.m. Saturday, a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle driving around Lacombe County.

“The complainant who spotted the truck made efforts to follow it, until the driver of the truck attempted to ram the complainant,” police said in a release Thursday.

RCMP officers located the truck at Morningside Community Hall at 10:15 p.m. A man was found sleeping inside the vehicle, which had been reported stolen. The man was arrested without incident.

Police searched the vehicle and seized a large toolbox full of numerous items, including a crossbow, several pry bars, crowbars, drills and grinders, which are typically associated with break-ins.

At the time of his arrest, Bryan Lawrence Moffitt, 23, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant. He was also subject to four orders prohibiting him from being in possession of a crossbow.

Moffitt is facing a number of charges, including possession of stolen property, possession of break-in instruments and dangerous driving.

Moffitt has been remanded in custody and is scheduled for a court appearance in Ponoka on Oct. 30.

“In consultation with our community, the Ponoka RCMP has committed to tackling the issue of stolen vehicles and the subsequent crimes which are perpetrated by the criminals driving them,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley, Ponoka RCMP detachment commander.

“We offer thanks to the citizens who alerted us to this vehicle, and remind the community to not engage with unknown, suspicious people. Let the RCMP manage the potential dangers.”

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