Red Deer RCMP cracking down on crime

A woman who fled police in a stolen vehicle and a pair who were caught shoplifting with a stolen, loaded handgun were among the recent arrests by Red Deer RCMP.

A 20-year-old woman was arrested early Monday morning after RCMP found her driving a stolen Dodge Ram on Taylor Drive.

The truck fled from police, so a tire deflation device was set up on 55th Avenue. Both front tires on the truck were deflated, but the driver continued driving as police followed the suspect. Eventually the tires were destroyed and the truck came to a stop.

The woman, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, was arrested and received multiple charges including possession of crystal meth, possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous driving and possession of counterfeit money. She will appear in court Friday.

Earlier in the week, July 25, police were called to a south Red Deer store where two alleged shoplifters were in custody. When officers arrived they arrested a 25-year-old woman, who was in possession of a loaded, stolen handgun, and a 38-year-old man who allegedly assaulted store staff when he attempted to flee.

The woman is facing numerous firearm charges, as well as and theft under $5,000 and possession of stolen property under $5,000. In addition to theft under $5,000, the man was also charged with assault.

Other recent Red Deer RCMP arrests: A 43-year-old man was arrested for breaking into a residence and stealing cash, electronics, jewelry, passports, credit cards and other items July 21. Later that day, a suspect was seen behind the residence pushing a cart full of items and the victims located the stolen electronics and other items behind the residence hidden under a blanket. The suspect was arrested the next day at 5 a.m. after being found in the parking lot of a convenience store in possession of numerous stolen items.

On July 23, a 25-year-old man was charged for reportedly stealing a $1,000 generator from the back of a parked truck. Witnesses photographed the theft and the RCMP was able to identify and arrest him that day.

RCMP arrested and charged a 39-year-old man for a break-and-enter on the night of July 25 after a woman returned to her West Park home and found him inside. The woman ran outside and called the police who arrested the man, who was intoxicated and did not approach the homeowner.

A 28-year-old man was arrested after being located in a fenced-in commercial yard in an industrial area at 2 a.m. July 26. When police arrived on scene there was a brief foot chase, however, he was arrested shortly after. The suspect was in possession of items police believe are likely stolen property. The investigation is ongoing.

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