Ponoka, Alberta – On Oct. 1, 2020, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Ponoka RCMP members located a stolen vehicle parked at a fuel station in the area of 5302 Highway 2A, Ponoka.
Further investigation indicated the vehicle had been stolen at approximately 1:45 p.m., out of Sylvan Lake, Alta. A vehicle stop was initiated of the stolen vehicle and the occupants were told they were under arrest. Two passengers fled from the vehicle and an officer pursued on foot. The driver attempted to start the stolen vehicle ignition with a screwdriver. An interaction occurred wherein the driver resisted arrest and was then taken into custody.
Additional police resources, along with an RCMP Police Service Dog (PSD) were deployed. The RCMP PSD was able to locate one of the males who matched surveillance footage from the fuel station. The second male was arrested and taken into custody. The third male was not located and his identify remains unknown at this time.
A search of the stolen vehicle resulted in the seizure of a prohibited baton and break-in instruments.
Kenton James Wood (27) of Ponoka and Peter George Walker (35) of Innisfail are jointly charged with:
· Possession of stolen property over $5,000
· Possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public
· Possession of break-in instruments
Kenton Wood is also charged with:
· Resist arrest
· Fail to comply with conditions (x2)
· Drive with unauthorized (TSA)
· Uninsured motor vehicle (TSA)
Peter Walker is also charged with:
· Resist arrest
· Fail to comply with conditions (x3)
Following judicial hearings, both Wood and Walker were remanded into custody and are scheduled to attend Ponoka Provincial Court on Oct. 16, 2020.
Ponoka RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident, specifically identifying the third male. Please contact Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”
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