Western Alberta District RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Unit makes arrest after two-day crime spree

Grande Prairie, Alberta – On June 1, 2019, members of the Western Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (WAD RCRU) arrested 31-year-old Robert Wade Stewart of Grande Prairie after an alleged two-day crime spree in the City and County of Grande Prairie.

On May 31 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP located Stewart at a residence in the Hillside neighbourhood as he was loading items into a stolen cargo trailer. When police approached, Stewart fled in a stolen pickup truck driving in an extremely dangerous manner. Police located the truck abandoned in Clairmont a short time later, and learned a second truck had just been stolen from the area. Later in the morning, Grande Prairie Rural RCMP located Stewart in that stolen vehicle east of the city towing a stolen travel trailer. Stewart fled from police who did not pursue due to public safety concerns. The suspect then struck a civilian vehicle causing minor damage in the process of fleeing police.

On June 1 at 3:20 a.m., members of the Rural Crime Reduction Unit and Police Dog Services located Stewart and attempted to apprehend him. Driving the stolen pickup, Stewart struck three police vehicles and fled the area at a high rate of speed. At approximately 8:00 p.m., RCRU members located Stewart at a residence in Grande Prairie and arrested him without incident. No police officers or members of the public were injured as a result of these incidents.

Crime Spree
Crime Spree

Stewart has been charged with the following:

5 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

3 counts of Flight from Police

6 counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance

4 counts of Failing to Remain at the Scene of a Collision

2 counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle

1 count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

1 count of Mischief Under $5000

1 count of Fraudulent Concealment

1 count of Resist Arrest

1 count of Assault Police Officer with a Weapon

1 count of Possession of Methamphetamine

Stewart has been remanded to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on June 19, 2019.

As this matter is now before the courts no further information will be provided.

Western Alberta District RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Unit

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