Medicine Hat, Alberta – On June 8, 2017, the Medicine Hat Police Service received information about an individual suspected of being in possession of a stolen vehicle in the area of 9th Street SW and Gershaw Drive. Members of the Priority Street Crime Unit investigated and observed the subject getting into a 2017 Ford F150 that had been reported stolen a few days earlier. The vehicle was followed and when it was stopped, two people were taken into custody. The value of the vehicle is estimated at $58,000. A small amount of methamphetamine was also recovered from the vehicle.
Ryan Lee BOWDEN, 38 yrs old, of Medicine Hat, AB has been charged with; possession stolen property over $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance, in addition to several provincial traffic offences.
A 26yrs old female was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000.
A bail hearing was held and Bowden will be held in custody until June 13th, 2017. The female is still awaiting the results of her Judicial Interim Release hearing.
The MHPS has identified an increase in property crimes reported. Often property crimes are crimes of opportunity and as such it is strongly encouraged that residents lock vehicle at all times, and do not leave spare keys within the vehicle. All valuables should be removed from plain sight or secured in the trunk and personal documents such as; passports, driver’s licenses and credit cards should never be left in a vehicle. Anytime suspicious behavior is observed, contact the MHPS at 403-529-8481 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Medicine Hat Police Service