Ponoka RCMP traffic stop solves break and enter

A Ponoka RCMP traffic stop led to the arrest of a man who allegedly broke into a house.

Police say an officer spotted a vehicle “driving erratically” on Highway 53 at 11 a.m. on July 17.

A traffic stop was conducted and it was determined the driver was on conditions that prohibited him from driving without the vehicle owner being present.

The driver, 35-year-old Lee Curtis, of Ponoka, was arrested.

Police searched the vehicle and found several pieces of stolen property from a rural residential break and enter. The homeowner was contacted and was unaware the house had been broken into.

The stolen property was returned.

The car was determined to be owned by the driver, however, it was not insured.

Curtis is facing a handful of charges, including possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, break and enter with intent and possession of break-in instruments.

He remains in custody and will appear in Ponoka provincial court Friday.

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