(Black Press file photo).

(Black Press file photo).

Two central Alberta men charged after police recover numerous stolen vehicles

Two central Albertan men were arrested and charged after police recovered numerous stolen vehicles from a Buck Lake property.

On Jan. 5, members of the RCMP Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit were doing some surveillance work in Buck Lake. Officers observed two pick-up trucks driving together — one of which matched the description of a truck stolen in Rocky Mountain House earlier in the day.

Officers followed the vehicles until they arrived at a residence in Violet Grove. As officers entered the property, two suspects attempted to flee the area in one of the trucks.

The vehicle was disabled and officers were able to quickly take the suspects into custody.

A subsequent search of the property revealed five additional stolen pick-up trucks and one stolen fifth wheel.

The vehicles were originally reported stolen from Rocky Mountain House, Drayton Valley, Parkland County, Calmar, and Sangudo.

A 34-year-old man from of Wetaskiwin, has been charged with 10 offences including possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance.He was held in custody with his next court appearance on Jan. 12 in Breton.

A 32-year-old man from Brazeau County, has been charged with four offences, including flight from police. He was released from custody with his next court appearance on Jan.12 in Breton.

The Central Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) worked on this case with Breton and Thorsby RCMP Detachments. The unit’s mandate is to investigate multi-jurisdictional offenders in partnership with Central Alberta District Detachments to make it more difficult for these types of offenders to commit crimes “in one county and (then) run and hide in another,” said Cpl. William Hiscock, the acting Unit Commander of CRU.