Police investigating Highway 20 trailer theft

The incident was one of several in a busy period for the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment.

  • May. 28, 2015 8:00 p.m.

May 9

8:41 a.m. – RCMP are investigating the theft of a trailer from a construction site off Highway 20. In the early morning hours of May 9th, an employee witnessed a suspicious truck hooking up to a trailer on the job site and flee southbound on Highway 20. A large number of tools and equipment were stolen in addition to the trailer.

6:00 p.m. – A 35-year-old Calgary male is facing a Criminal Code charge and a fine in relation to a traffic stop. RCMP stopped a speeding vehicle on Highway 20 at Rainy Creek Road. The male driver exhibited signs of intoxication but refused to provide a roadside breath sample. As a result, the male was charged with refusal of an approved screening device and is also facing a fine for speeding under the Traffic Safety Act.

May 10

12:23 p.m. – An investigation is underway into the theft of a truck on Halsall Street in Sylvan Lake. The owner advised that his truck, a Chevrolet Tahoe, was parked outside his residence overnight. The vehicle was locked but the spare keys were left inside. The truck was recovered in Red Deer a few days later. Two Red Deer males in their thirties are facing charges including possession of stolen property.

May 11

2:03 a.m. – RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Beju Industrial Drive in Sylvan Lake after police noted the driver to be acting erratically. A 22-year-old male from Red Deer was questioned and was found to be in breach of conditions of a recognizance for having contact with a female passenger who was in the vehicle. He was officially charged under the Criminal Code for breach of a recognizance.

10:49 a.m. – Several vehicles were reported stolen from a business on Industrial Drive in Sylvan Lake. A complainant advised police that the compound at B&T Auto body was illegally entered and a trailer, ATV, and motorcycle were stolen. RCMP continue to investigate.

6:57 p.m. – A break and enter at a rural address near Sylvan Lake is being investigated. A complainant contacted police to advise that three sheds were entered into and an attempt was made to break into a quonset on a property located off Township Road 382 in Red Deer County. Nothing appeared to be stolen from the property.

May 12

6:50 a.m. – A business property on Sylvaire Close in Sylvan Lake was accessed and a truck stolen. Police were advised that the stolen truck was driven through a locked gate on the property after a trailer was detached from the vehicle. A few other items were damaged and/or stolen. A day later, a witness reported suspicious activity at a property on Range Road 24 involving people dismantling a truck matching the description of the stolen vehicle. RCMP attended and arrested a 39-year-old Penhold male and a 29-year-old Sylvan Lake male after they initially fled the scene in the stolen vehicle. Various charges are pending.

10:55 a.m. – A 35-year-old male from Alhambra is facing multiple charges in relation to a recovered stolen vehicle. A witness reported a suspicious truck with noticeable damage parked at Range Road 13 and Township Road 372. The male driver eventually headed southbound on Highway 13 where he was stopped by RCMP. An investigation resulted in the male being charged with five counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; one count of possession of property over $5,000; possession of break-in instruments; possession of methamphetamine; and possession of marijuana.

May 13

5:11 a.m. – RCMP are once again reminding residents not to leave vehicles running while unattended. A complainant called police to advise that he left his vehicle running with the keys inside while it was parked outside a residence in Bentley. The vehicle was stolen. RCMP attended and recovered a stolen car outside of the residence where the truck was taken. The stolen truck was also recovered hours later with a male inside. A 33-year-old Red Deer male is facing multiple charges including theft of a car; possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000; failing to comply with a probation order; resisting or obstructing a peace officer; and various other offences.

11:28 a.m. – A resident reported the theft of credit cards from a vehicle in Sylvan Lake. A complainant advised police that he left his vehicle parked with the windows open in front of his residence on Ryders Ridge Boulevard. The owner went back inside his house for a few minutes when someone entered the vehicle and stole credit cards from a wallet left inside. The culprit fled the scene before police were contacted.