Report of truck in ditch near Penhold leads to four arrests

RCMP arrest four fleeing from stolen truck

An alert passerby helped Innisfail RCMP nab four suspects connected to a series of crimes in central Alberta.

Police said they got a call on Jan. 4 from a concerned citizen who spotted a Ford F-350 pickup apparently stuck in the ditch west of Penhold, and four people fleeing on foot from the scene.

“Innisfail RCMP responded and confirmed that the truck was stolen from the Sylvan Lake area and was the suspect vehicle involved in multiple occurrences throughout central Alberta,” said police.

All four suspects were located and arrested without incident.

A search of the stolen vehicle turned up stolen property, which police were able to return to the owners.

Three men are facing stolen property-related charges.

Peter Walker, 34, of Innisfail, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, possession of break-in tools, trespassing and three counts of failing to comply.

Walker is in custody and due in Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 21.

Harvey Lee-Bernick, 35, has been charged with possessing property obtained by crime over $5,000, possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000, possessing break-in tools, trespassing and failing to comply with a court order.

Jason Cunningham, 30, of Stettler, is facing charges of possessing property obtained by crime over $5,000, and under $5,000, possessing break-in tools, trespassing, break and enter, mischief under $5,000 and four counts of failing to comply with court orders.

The fourth suspect has been arrested and charges are pending.

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