Arrests made following sighting of allegedly stolen truck

Two men have been arrested after police were alerted to the sighting of an allegedly stolen truck in the Benalto area May 13.

Two men have been arrested after police were alerted to the sighting of an allegedly stolen truck in the Benalto area May 13.

Sylvan Lake RCMP on May 12 were called to a break and enter complaint at the Sylvan Lake Industrial Park, where a Ford F-350 truck had reportedly been stolen.

At around 2 p.m. the next day, police responded to a report that the truck had been seen being taken apart at a rural Benalto-area property. A member of the public reported the sighting after learning of the truck’s theft through social media.

Upon police’s arrival, the suspect fled the scene with the stolen truck. Out of concern for public safety, police at that time decided against pursuing the suspect further.

Further investigation eventually led police back to the property, where they arrested two males without incident.

Travis Patrick Meyers, 29, of Red Deer County, has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, flight from police and failing to comply with previous release conditions.

He’s currently on bail with conditions set and a court appearance in Red Deer scheduled for June 3.

Gary Raymond Auvigne, 39, of Penhold, has been charged with three counts of possession of another person’s identity documents, two counts of possession of stolen property valued under $5,000, two counts of possession of stolen property valued over $5,000, three counts of failing to comply with probation, four counts of failing to comply with a recognizance and 16 counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

He was scheduled to make a court appearance in Red Deer on Tuesday.

Police are continuing to investigate the May 12 break and enter, and are asking anyone with information on the crime to contact the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment at 403-858-7200.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or online through www.tipsubmit.com.

Information leading to an arrest may result in a cash reward.