Vegreville, Alberta – On October 29th, 2016 at approximately 4:45pm the Vegreville RCMP received a complaint of a suspicious male that has just parked a truck and trailer in a field, south west of Mundare, AB.
A police check of the vehicle that was left in the field resulted in police discovering that the truck and trailer were stolen from a business in Nisku, AB. The complaint further advised police that the male that had dropped the truck off was now leaving the scene in a John Deer Skid steer.
RCMP located the male driving the skid steer on Range Road 17-0 and attempted to arrest the driver. He fled in the skid steer. At one point the male attempted to ram a police vehicle. During this interaction the male driving the skid steer was identified as Rory Jordan Serna, a 23 year old male from Two Hills, AB.
Serna then continued to evade police by driving through two large metal gates around the rural property. He then stole an unlocked truck and continued to evade police. At one point Serna backed his vehicle up and made another attempt to ram into the officers.
Serna then fled the property in the stolen truck. Over the next hour Serna attempted to steal a service truck and was successful in stealing another pickup truck from the same property.
A search of the stolen skid steer resulted in RCMP locating a .22 caliber rifle.
On October 31st, Serna was arrested by the Red Deer RCMP attempting to steal property from the Red Deer Canadian Tire. At the time of his arrest, it was also determined that Serna had traveled to Red Deer in a semi truck that was stolen from Fort Saskatchewan, AB.
As a result of the incident in Vegreville, Serna has been charged with the following offences:
– five counts of possession of stolen property over $5000
– flight from police while being pursued
– dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
– assaulting a police officer
– possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
– unlawful possession of a firearm
– thirteen counts of breach of his release conditions
– two counts of breach of probation
– operating an uninsured motor vehicle on a highway
– operating an unregistered motor vehicle
As a result of the incident in Red Deer, Serna has been charged with the following offences:
– obstructing a police officer
– possession of stolen property over $5000
– three counts of breach of probation
– fourteen counts of breach of his release conditions
At the time of his arrest Serna was also had outstanding arrest warrants for property offences and stolen vehicles in the Two Hills area.
It is believed that the 23 year old Serna is responsible for numerous thefts of trucks, trailers and construction equipment in the Vegreville, Two Hills and Lamont areas over the past serveral months. These investigations are ongoing at this time.
Serna has been remanded into custody at this time. His first appearance for the Red Deer charges was on November 2, 2016. For the Vegreville charges, first appearance is scheduled for November 3, 2016. Serna is still a suspect in multiple other thefts.
Should anyone have any information about these investigations, or others involving Serna, please contact your local RCMP Detachment, or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).