(File photo by Advocate staff)

(File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer RCMP make arrest in string of vehicle thefts and break-ins

Accused remanded into custody

A 35-year-old man was charged in connection to a string of break-ins and vehicle thefts in Red Deer and central Alberta.

Red Deer RCMP said 18 charges were laid relating to incidents that stem back to March.

Police said on March 21, between 2:30 and 5:30 a.m., six properties were broken into in southeast Red Deer. Surveillance footage showed a suspect using a stolen pickup truck.

On March 22, Red Deer RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a multi-family residential building in Cosgrove Crescent. Officers identified it as the same truck from the night before, and contained property that was stolen the previous night.

Police said a suspect was arrested at the scene for breaking and entering, and possession of stolen property. He was released pending completion of the investigation. Warrants were later issued for his arrest.

On June 3, an abandoned vehicle was reported in an underground parkade. The vehicle was stolen from Lacombe and had licence plate stolen from Rocky Mountain House. Surveillance video was collected by police.

On June 16, 2022, Rimbey RCMP responded to a report of multiple vehicles stolen from a business.

On June 21, Red Deer RCMP said the suspect was allegedly seen in a stolen vehicle heading to Red Deer. With assistance from K Division’s Air Services, Emergency Response teams, Red Deer’s Police Dog Services, GIS, CRT and General Duty teams, police conducted surveillance of the suspect to a known residence in Red Deer, where he was apprehended after attempting to flee on foot.

The accused was charged with four counts breaking and entering with intent, four counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and three counts of possession of property obtained by crime not more than $5,000.

He was also charged with one count each of mischief, possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, operation while prohibited, resisting an officer, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, and possession of a firearm contrary to order.

The accused was remanded into custody and scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on July 7.

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