Didsbury, Alberta – As a result of an investigation into a string of vehicle thefts, 46-year-old Donald Salahub was arrested in Didsbury on October 2, 2016.
This incident began when a vehicle was stolen in Red Deer, and dropped in Bowden. This was followed by a theft of a second vehicle in Innisfail which then was abandoned in Beiseker. Another vehicle was stolen in Beiseker which was abandoned at a farm near Carstairs.
Another vehicle was stolen near Carstairs and ultimately this vehicle stalled in a farmer’s yard. After driving this suspect into town, the alert farmer called the RCMP to report his suspicious behaviour. RCMP investigation determined that the stalled vehicle was stolen and linked this occurrence to the prior reports of stolen vehicles. This involved Red Deer, Innisfail, Olds and Beiseker RCMP detachments.
Didsbury RCMP and the Community Police Officers reviewed evidence provided by several local businesses and local citizens were alerted to be on the lookout for the suspect. After receiving a tip about his whereabouts, Salahub was arrested in Carstairs, and is currently facing 15 criminal code charges relating to this string of vehicle thefts.
Saluhab had a judicial interim release hearing and is remanded in custody. He is scheduled to attend court in Calgary on October 6, 2016.
“The RCMP would like to thank the citizen who picked up the phone to report his suspicions to the police, and the local businesses who assisted the investigators in this case,” said Sergeant Kimberley Pasloske, the NCO i/c of Didsbury Detachment. “This arrest is a great example of the critical role that local citizens and Community Police Officers play in helping the police ensure safe communities. I’m incredibly proud of the strength of our community”.