Lac La Biche, Alberta – On July 25, 2017 at approximately 6:25 a.m., Lac La Biche RCMP responded to a theft of a white Dodge Ram pickup from Mad Oilfield Solutions in Lac La Biche. During this investigation, a stolen red Honda Civic was also recovered at this location.
Later that afternoon, Lac La Biche members received a report that a blue GMC Yukon was stolen from the Calnash Trucking parking lot. The complainant advised that a white Dodge Ram pulled into the parking lot, a male exited the pickup and stole the Yukon. Both vehicles immediately fled the scene.
Police made extensive patrols and located the suspects in the above mentioned vehicles, and attempted to pull the vehicles over on several occasions, however the vehicles fled at extremely high rates of speed, and were driving dangerously. Pursuits were not initiated at this time, so as to not risk injury to the public.
The Yukon was later located driving on Elinor Lake road, and a pursuit was initiated and ended with the vehicle getting stuck in a field. Two occupants were located in the vehicle and arrested.
21 year old Chad Gladue faces the following charges:
- Criminal Code 354(1)(a)(a) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000 (X2)
- Criminal Code 249.1(1)- Operation of Motor Vehicle while being pursued by Police (X2)
- Criminal Code 249(1)(a)- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle (X2)
- Criminal Code 430(4)- Mischief equal to or under $5000
- Criminal Code 259(4)- Driving while disqualified/prohibited (X2)
Gladue was also arrested on outstanding warrants in relation to driving while disqualified and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Chad Gladue has been remanded in custody and will be appearing in Lac La Biche Provincial Court on July 31, 2017.
In accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, RCMP will not release the name of the 16 year old male youth, who was also arrested and is facing the following charges:
- Criminal Code 354(1)(a)(a) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000
- Criminal Code 249.1(1)- Operation of Motor Vehicle while being pursued by Police
The youth has also been remanded in custody and will be appearing in Lac La Biche Provincial Court on July 31, 2017.
The RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the importance of securing their personal property. Taking precautions such as not leaving keys in vehicles or hidden within the vehicle, and not leaving valuables in plain view is certainly a deterrent when it comes to property crime.
If you have information about this incident, please call the Lac La Biche RCMP at 780-623-4012 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).
Lac La Biche RCMP