Strathmore, Alberta – Strathmore RCMP arrested two adult males and have laid several criminal code charges after receiving assistance from the Calgary Police Service HAWCS Helicopter on Thursday.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on June 29, 2017 Strathmore RCMP were advised by the Calgary Police Service HAWCS Helicopter of an erratic driver travelling at high speeds on Highway 1 coming east out of the city. Strathmore RCMP responded and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle took off from RCMP and in the interest of public safety no pursuit was initiated, however HAWCS was able to follow in the air. The suspect vehicle then made it east on Highway 901 where it made a turn on to a dead end Range Road. Two adult males were then arrested without incident by Strathmore RCMP.
The involved vehicle was stolen and contained stolen property such as tools, machinery, clothing, vehicle documents and identification. Strathmore RCMP have recovered this property and are actively trying to return them to their rightful owners.
Strathmore RCMP coordinated their investigation with Brooks RCMP and concluded that the two suspects were involved in the theft of a vehicle earlier that morning in Brooks where the victim suffered an injury to his foot trying to prevent the suspects from stealing his vehicle as they drove away.
Two adult males are currently in custody awaiting bail hearings and are facing several Criminal Code charges including but not limited to Flight from Police, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Breach of Probation. The pair are charged with 15 shared Criminal Code charges with 8 additional individual charges. Both males are known to police.
The investigation is on-going.
Strathmore RCMP are requesting anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at 403-934-3535 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).