Ponoka RCMP recently arrested two Red Deer men and seized numerous items following a traffic stop.
This past Sunday at 12:50 a.m., police patrolling Ponoka spotted “suspicious behaviour” between people in two different vehicles, a police release said.
Two men were seen getting into a truck and driving away. A traffic stop was initiated and the responding officers noted what appeared to be break-in tools in the vehicle. The two were then arrested.
After searching vehicle, RCMP seized a large amount of tools including bolt cutters, a crowbar, drills and other items associated with break-ins. Numerous knives, an axe, bear spray, and a stolen, loaded .308 calibre rifle along with a case full of ammunition for the rifle were also seized, along with various other items. The rifle was determined to be previously stolen out of Grande Prairie.
The second, unoccupied vehicle was searched and RCMP seized knives, machetes and bolt cutters.
Kyle Rasmussen, 29, of Red Deer, is facing eight charges, including three counts of failing to comply with a release order, possession of break-in instruments and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Kraig Robert Jacobi, 29, of Red Deer, is facing nine charges including, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and four counts of failing to comply with a release condition.
Both had a judicial interim release hearing. Jacobi is remanded in custody for court on June 16 and Rasmussen is released on several conditions with a court date of July 24.
“We intend to drive down crime in Ponoka with focused attention on suspicious activity and repeat offenders,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley, Ponoka RCMP detachment commander.
“Our business is about crime reduction and crime prevention. We’re pleased to have secured a substantial amount of dangerous items during this traffic stop.”