Strathmore RCMP Recover Stolen Truck, Travel Trailer, UHAUL Truck, and Arrest One

Strathmore, Alberta – On August 14, 2022 at approximately 2:30 a.m. while on regular patrol, a Strathmore RCMP member encountered a U-Haul truck with a another pickup truck and travel trailer stopped at the on ramp to Highway 1 Eastbound from Highway 797. The trailer lights on the travel trailer appeared to be out. The member stopped to offer assistance to the driver pulling the travel trailer. When the driver noticed the car was a police vehicle, he pulled away quickly. The Strathmore member followed and tried to initiate a traffic stop on both vehicles but discontinued efforts when both refused to stop and engaged in an erratic driving pattern. HAWCS was requested to assist.

The truck and travel trailer were spotted by another Strathmore member East of Strathmore on Highway 1 which had turned back Westbound toward Strathmore. Another traffic stop was attempted but the driver began swaying across both lanes of travel. The Strathmore member discontinued attempts to stop with HAWCS in a position to monitor the vehicle. The truck and travel trailer were abandoned in Strathmore and the driver got into the U-Haul truck. Members continued to receive updates from HAWCS who reported a location where the U-Haul truck stopped and both occupants fled on foot. A Calgary Police Service Dog and handler were on site who assisted in tracking the suspects, one of which were taken into custody.

initial contact with the two vehicles and travel trailer in question
Initial contact with the two vehicles and travel trailer in question
initial contact with the two vehicles and travel trailer in question
Recovery site of the U-Haul truck
Trailer depicts the Westbound driving pattern on second contact East of Strathmore on Highway 1
Initial contact with the two vehicles and travel trailer in question

The investigation revealed the travel trailer worth approximately $40,000 was stolen from a RV dealership in Calgary. The pickup truck valued at approximately $24,000 was also determined to be stolen in Olds. Both owners were unaware of the thefts before police contacted them. The U-Haul was overdue to be returned and filled with property believed to be stolen. The apprehended male driver identified as Devon TANNER, a 36 year old man last known to reside in Red Deer was held for a hearing on 22 charges which include.

Flight from Peace Officer X 2;

Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle;

Fail to Comply with a Release Condition X 9;

Fail to Comply with a Probation Order X 3;

Possession of a Controlled Substance;

Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 X 2;

Drive Uninsured Motor Vehicle on Highway;

Drive While Unauthorized;

Possession of Break in Instruments; and

Pulling Trailer with No Signal Lamps.

TANNER remains in custody at this time. The investigation remains ongoing at this time with an additional suspect and continued efforts to identify owners of recovered property from within the U-Haul truck.

“Strathmore members are active in their patrols throughout our area to keep our residents safe, to detect, and to deter crime. In this case, being observant resulted in the recovery of a significant value of items which were returned to their owns, and one of the offenders involved at this time will face charges. I’d also like to express my thanks to Calgary Police Service for their assistance in this investigation and continued seamless working relationship to keep Albertans safe.” – Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz – Detachment Commander Strathmore RCMP-GRC

Strathmore RCMP

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