Red Deer RCMP made several arrests with some involving identity theft and firearm offences in the last week.
Police said many arrests were thanks to vigilant citizens reporting suspicious activity, while others were the result of police locating stolen vehicles or suspects wanted on warrants while doing targeted policing in identified crime hot spots as part of Red Deer’s Pinpoint crime reduction strategy.
Pinpoint uses an intelligence-driven policing model to identify problem areas, repeat offenders and emerging issues, and Red Deer RCMP target their enforcement accordingly.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on Thursday, RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity in two rooms a hotel. Officers arrested a man and a woman and seized a stolen truck, stolen and forged documents including credit cards, and a sawed-off shotgun. The truck had been reported stolen out of Red Deer on Feb. 3 after it was left unlocked and running.
A 36-year-old man was charged with careless use of firearm, possessing prohibited weapon while knowing possession was prohibited, occupying a motor vehicle with prohibited firearm, possessing prohibited firearm with ammunition, three counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of possession of forged document, and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.
A 32-year-old woman was charged with identity fraud, fraudulently obtaining food and lodging, and failing to comply with conditions.
At 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious truck driving on 67th Street. The truck was located in a snowbank on Riverside Drive. The driver was wanted on several outstanding warrants, was in possession of prescription drugs not in her name, and in violation of court-imposed conditions and a probation order. The truck had been stolen out of Red Deer that night but had not yet been reported to police.
The 22-year-old woman was charged with two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of failing to comply with probation, and failing to comply with conditions.
Shortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday, RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity in the downtown and located a female suspect who was wanted on outstanding warrants for breach of probation and failing to comply with conditions. A 37-year-old woman was arrested without incident.
At 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious person in an apartment stairwell in the South Hill area. When RCMP located the suspect, he gave police several false names and then attempted to flee police on foot before being arrested. Police seized a firearm during the arrest.
A 26-year-old man was charged with possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of firearm, possession of firearm while knowing possession is prohibited, weapons possession contrary to order, and two counts of resisting or obstructing a peace officer.
At 10 p.m. on Feb. 10, RCMP on patrol in the downtown located a suspicious vehicle and one of the suspects had outstanding warrants for assault with a weapon and failing to appear in court. RCMP arrested her without incident and seized a knife she was prohibited by court order from possessing and fentanyl.
A 22-year-old woman was charged with possession of fentanyl, and failing to comply with conditions.
At 10 am on Feb. 10, RCMP on patrol in the north end located a suspicious parked vehicle and determined the driver was in possession of ammunition and fireworks in contravention of court-imposed conditions, as well as methamphetamine.
A 36-year-old man was charged with three counts of possession of weapons contrary to order, and possession of methamphetamine.
In the afternoon of Feb. 9, RCMP went to a residence in the downtown looking for a suspect wanted on warrants for 10 charges regarding three separate incidents including assault, criminal harassment, failing to comply with probation, possession of stolen property and two counts of failing to appear in court. A 24-year-old man was taken into custody without incident.
At 1 p.m. on Feb. 8, RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at a building in the downtown. Police attended immediately and arrested a male suspect without incident.
A 28-year-old man was charged with break and enter, mischief under $5,000, breach of probation, and failing to comply with conditions.