Taber/Vauxhall, Alberta – On Saturday Sept. 11, 2021, Taber RCMP were made aware that a vehicle had been stolen overnight from within the Town of Taber. There were sightings throughout the day of the vehicle being seen driving in the area of the MD of Taber and Lethbridge County. That same afternoon the vehicle was located stuck in a field north of Huckleberry Road outside the Village of Barnwell, Alta.
The two males were tracked by RCMP Police Service Dog (PDS) down to the Oldman River where they were seen attempting to gain entry to a cabin and then observed stealing a kayak in an attempt to evade the RCMP down the river. Taber RCMP with the assistance of PDS took the two males into custody in the river without incident.
Pedro Friesen (23) and Tristan Wolfe (24) both from the Taber, Alta. were charged with possession of stolen property, break and enter, theft, and flight from police.
A Justice of the Peace released both accused from custody following a bail hearing. Friesen is scheduled to appear in Taber Provincial Court on Sept. 28, 2021 and Wolfe is schedule to appear in Taber Provincial Court on Sept. 21, 2021.
Taber RCMP are asking that if any of the public finds a red kayak on the shore of the Oldman River to please notify the Taber RCMP detachment so that it can be returned to its owner.
Taber RCMP continue to remind the residents of the MD of Taber that to report a crime in progress you can call 911 for emergencies or call the 24-hour complaint line at 403-223-4446 for matters that are less urgent but still require police attendance. Taber RCMP detachment administration line 403-223-4447 is for questions regarding ongoing investigations, criminal record checks and other questions. 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.
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