Rocky Mountain House RCMP charge male for $200,000+ in damages to local car dealership; “stolen pick-up truck had been driven through the showroom”

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta — On June 15, 2021, at 1:42 a.m., Rocky Mountain House RCMP received an alarm call from Edward’s Garage Chevrolet dealership, located in Rocky Mountain House.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP attended and observed extensive damages to the business as a stolen pick-up truck had been driven through the showroom and then abandoned outside the business. The pick-up truck had been stolen out of Red Deer, Alta., on June 14, 2021, at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Further investigation showed that the suspect had stolen another vehicle, a new GMC Sierra, from Edward’s Garage Chevrolet dealership, causing further damages in an effort to exit the showroom, fleeing in an unknown direction.

The estimated damages to the vehicles and all property involved in this incident exceed $200,000.

(File Photo)
(File Photo)

Rocky Mountain House RCMP located the stolen GMC Sierra on Highway 11 and attempted a vehicle stop; however, the suspect failed to stop for police. A tire deflation device was used in the area of Swanson road to disable the vehicle, which was located empty. The RCMP Police Dog Service and Rocky Mountain RCMP officers conducted a search that resulted in locating and arresting the suspect.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP’s investigation has led to the arrest of a 27-year-old male, Waylon Daniel Whitford, of O’Chiese First Nation, Alta., and he is facing the following charges related to the above incident:

· Break and enter commit theft

· Theft of motor vehicle

· Possession of stolen property exceeding $5,000

· Mischief over $5,000 (x2)

· Flight from police

· Operate conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public

· Operate a conveyance while prohibited

· Possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public

· Resist arrest

· Fail to comply with conditions of release (x8)

· Break and enter commit theft

· Mischief under $5,000

Waylon Whitford is also facing additional charges related to a number of incidents prior to the above noted incident. Following a judicial hearing related to another investigation, Whitford was released from police custody on June 14, 2021, at approximately 5:15 p.m., on conditions that included a driving prohibition.

On June 14, 2021, at 5:25 p.m., Red Deer RCMP received a complaint of a stolen Dodge pick-up truck in the area of 49 street and 54 avenue. This is the pick-up truck that was used in the incident on June 15, 2021, at the Edward’s Garage Chevrolet dealership. Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate this stolen vehicle complaint.

Following a judicial hearing on the Rocky Mountain House matter, Whitford was remanded into custody and is scheduled to attend Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on June 16, 2021.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP

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