RCMP catch crooks red-handed

A number of arrests made by police responding to break and enters in progress

Red Deer RCMP caught a suspect red-handed with a stolen safe earlier this month.

It was one of four arrests made while a break and enter was in progress over the last couple of weeks, say police in their regular crime round-up.

The suspect with the safe was arrested after police responded to a commercial alarm around 4 a.m. on March 2. The suspect, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, also allegedly had a stolen bank card.

A 51-year-old man is facing charges of break and enter, resisting or obstructing police and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

The following day, police responding about 4 a.m. to a commercial alarm at a south-end business arrested a 28-year-old at the scene.

It is alleged that surveillance footage showed the suspect breaking a glass door with a rock. A stolen purse with stolen mail was recovered. Police laid charges of mischief under $5,000 and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Two other men are facing break and enter charges after police responded on March 8 to a report of suspicious activity at a residence known to be vacant.

The lock had been broken and a 32-year-old and 43-year-old were caught inside and charged with break and enter.

On March 12, were called to an industrial yard in north Red Deer after security guards caught and held a trespasser about 1:15 a.m. A 28-year-old man was charged with trespassing and mischief under $5,000.

On March 13, RCMP recovered a stolen vehicle after stopping it with a spike belt.

Police were responding to a suspicious vehicle in the Glendale neighbourhood and spotted it and followed it downtown where it was stopped around 2:30 a.m. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Innisfail and had evaded police earlier in the day.

A 24-year-old man is facing single charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property over $5,000, resisting or obstructing a police officer and two charges of failing to comply with court conditions.

A 27-year-old man is also facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of failing to comply with probation after police responded to a weapons call. A knife and BB gun were seized during the March 3 incident.

Two days earlier, a 26-year-old man was charged with possessing a weapon contrary to a court order and possession of drugs after police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle downtown. Cocaine and ammunition was seized.

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