Sundre, Alberta – On April 28, 2021 at 2 a.m. Sundre RCMP were conducting patrols of rural lease sites when one of the officers observed an alleged break and enter in progress. The officer activated the police vehicle’s emergency equipment and attempted to stop the two suspect vehicles.
Both vehicles failed to stop and drove through the fence of the compound and headed into a wooded area. The vehicles then drove through a livestock fence onto a range road. Police followed the tracks on foot to an Off Highway Vehicle trail where the vehicles were abandoned. Investigation revealed the vehicles were stolen and several thousand dollars worth of tools and copper wire stolen from the surrounding area were located inside the vehicles.
Red Deer Police Dog Service tracked the suspects for several kilometers and located one of the suspects who was apprehended without incident.
With assistance of Olds RCMP and Didsbury RCMP, Dean Johnstone (50) of Red Deer, Alta. was charged with:
· Break and Enter (x2)
· Possession of property obtained over $5000 (x2)
· Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
· Flight from a Peace Officer
· Mischief under $5000
· Possession of break–in instruments
Johnstone was released on a recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Didsbury Provincial Court on June 7, 2021.
If you witness suspicious activity, please contact the Sundre RCMP Detachment at 403-638-3655 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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