Spruce Grove, Alberta – On June 22, 2019 at 2:17 a.m., Parkland RCMP were dispatched to a report of a break and enter to a business located in the Spruce Grove Industrial Park. Entry had been gained to the business and a service vehicle had been stolen. The service vehicle had a tracking device.
The vehicle was tracked to St. Albert, Alta. where St. Albert RCMP attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect fled from police. The suspect drove the vehicle through multiple residential properties and then left the St. Albert area and proceeded to Morinville, Alta While in Morinville, the suspect committed several offences including, robbery, break and enter and theft.
In a coordinated effort between Edmonton Police Service Air Services, Morinville, St. Albert and Parkland RCMP, the suspect was located and arrested without incident.
Matthew Marler (30), of no fixed address, was charged with the following offences:
• Robbery with offensive weapon
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
• Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose
• Possession of break-in instruments
• Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
• Operation while prohibited
• Failure to comply probation order (x3)
• Failure to comply with condition of undertaking or recognizance (x5)
Marler was also arrested for warrants out of Athabasca, Red Deer and Boyle, Alta.
After a judicial hearing, Marler was remanded into custody. His first court appearance will be July 4, 2019 in Stony Plain Provincial Court.
The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.
“Incidents like this demonstrate how effective law enforcement is at working together to pursue those who threaten public safety and solve crime,” said Inspector Mike Lokken, Parkland RCMP Detachment Commander. “Collaboration between enforcement agencies comes with its challenges, but everyone worked together and a prolific offender’s crime spree was ended.”
If you have information about this investigation, please call the Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7267, or call your local police detachment. 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.
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