Two Red Deerians were charged in connection to a break-in and theft of six new vehicles from a car dealership in Rosetown in southwestern Saskatchewan early Tuesday morning.
RCMP said a van, reported stolen earlier the same day from Three Hills, was abandoned at the dealership.
Two of the stolen vehicles were also abandoned in Rosetown, and police determined that the rest of the vehicles were driven northwest, sometimes at a high rate of speed, and that a pickup truck, reported stolen from Rosetown on June 19, was among them.
One of the vehicles was later found abandoned near Luseland, Sask., and Luseland Police Service located and stopped another one of the vehicles nearby.
Police said the two occupants fled on foot but were located and quickly arrested. Two illegally-modified firearms, ammunition, and a box of vehicle keys were located and seized from one of the vehicles.
“Early in this investigation, we alerted the public to report sightings and information through local media and a Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory. We’d like to thank members of the public who reported information about suspicious vehicles in their area – it helped the investigation,” said Rosetown RCMP Sgt. Jason Waldner.
A 36-year-old and a 34-year-old were each charged with one count of break and enter and committing an indictable offence.
Police said one vehicle was later recovered in Red Deer, and RCMP in Saskatchewan and Alberta continue to investigate.
The two outstanding vehicles include:
• A black, 2022 Jeep Wrangler, last seen with no license plate.
• A grey, 2019 Ford 350, with a Saskatchewan license plate 287LLV.
Anyone who sees these vehicles should not approach them. People should report sightings, or information about these thefts, to their local RCMP or police service. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Saskatchewan RCMP in Rosetown, Kindersley, Kerrobert, Biggar, Maidstone, Battleford and Cut Knife, as well as Saskatchewan’s Roving Traffic Unit and Luseland Police Service assisted in the investigation, along with RCMP in Provost and Red Deer.
“There was excellent collaboration between of all of the police officers that assisted in this dynamic and multi-jurisdictional investigation,” Waldner said.