Red Deer RCMP says stolen copper wire has been recovered, following the arrest of a 52-year-old man.
At about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, officers spotted a “suspicious” white Dodge pickup truck while on patrol of a northern industrial area, police said Friday.
“When officers attempted to pull over the truck, the driver fled at a high rate of speed,” said RCMP.
The Red Deer RCMP Crime Reduction Team located the truck parked behind an apartment complex in the Pines neighbourhood shortly after. As officers approached, a male and his female occupant fled from the vehicle. After a brief foot chase, both suspects were arrested.
An investigation revealed the pickup truck was stolen from Lacombe County. Inside the truck, officers found numerous industrial-gauge wires of various sizes and types, as well as batteries. The seized copper wire and batteries weighed a total of approximately 758 pounds.
The 52-year-old Red Deer man is charged with stolen property over $5,000 and obstructing a peace officer. The female suspect has not been charged at this time.
“The investigation is ongoing and further charges are anticipated.”
The man was released after a judicial hearing and is scheduled to appear at Red Deer Provincial Court on Oct. 15.
Red Deer RCMP are asking Red Deer and surrounding area industrial and commercial businesses that have experienced the theft of industrial wiring to contact the non-emergency line at 403-343-5575.