Rocky View County, Alberta – On October 3, 2022 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Calgary Police notified Strathmore RCMP they were tracking a stolen GMC Yukon using OnStar which was leaving the City heading East on Highway 1. Strathmore members located the vehicle and monitored it’s position until it could be disabled by OnStar in a safe location. The vehicle was disabled and came to a stop on Highway 564 in the area of Range Road 254. A high risk vehicle stop was conducted and both the driver and passenger were safely taken into custody. A search of the vehicle resulted in recovery of several pieces of identification, bank cards, business membership cards, and a tablet. There was also interior damage and wires ripped apart in the centre console indicative of attempts to defeat the vehicle’s shut down command.
Both occupants were transported to Strathmore Detachment and held for a bail hearing. In preparation for the hearing, it was suspected the passenger had provided a false identity. Fingerprints were obtained which revealed the passenger’s true identity and a number of outstanding matters. The passenger was bound by a release order in relation to another investigation, a probation order stemming from convictions on 8 charges; and six warrants between Calgary, Cochrane, and Red Deer on a total of 50 outstanding charges.
A bail hearing was held with the following outcome:
The driver Jeremy BLUEBELL a 29 year old resident of Yellow Quill Fist Nation, Saskatchewan was charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime (PSP) Over $5,000, PSP Under $5,000, Unlawful Possession of an Identity Card/License/Document X 9, and Mischief Over $5,000. BLUEBELL was released on conditions with high cash bail without deposit to appear at a later date.
The passenger William RIDER a 20 year old resident of Calgary was charged with the same offences as BLUEBELL with additional charges of Failure to Comply with a Condition of a Probation Order, Failure to Comply with a Condition of a Release Order X 3, and Obstructing a Peace Officer. RIDER was remanded and remains in custody.
“Apprehension of offenders involved in auto theft is a high risk matter with a high potential of harm to the public. Police take great care in the recovery of vehicles and arrest of offenders. Vehicles equipped with remote assistance and disabling capabilities of great value to bring these types of situations to a safe conclusion. This investigation is another example of the coordination between law enforcement agencies to solve crime and keep Albertans Safe.” – Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz – Detachment Commander Strathmore RCMP
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