Cochrane RCMP nab property crime offender; “Police learned the suspect had 48 outstanding warrants”

Cochrane, Alberta – On Saturday Nov. 26, 2022, at 7:20 a.m., Cochrane RCMP were dispatched to a report of an attempted vehicle theft. While his vehicle was parked at a gas station in the River Song neighbourhood, the owner saw a male suspect enter his vehicle and begin tampering with the ignition. The suspect left the area on foot. As officers arrived, they came across a vehicle crashed into the median a short distance from the gas station. This vehicle was later determined to have been stolen out of Calgary.

Arrested
Arrested (File Photo)

As officers arrived in the area, the suspect was seen running across a field in an attempt to evade police. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was quickly captured. The investigation determined the suspect stole the vehicle in Calgary, crashed it in the median, and attempted to steal the complainant’s vehicle. Police learned the suspect had 48 outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Donald Smale (37), a resident of Calgary, has been charged with:

Possession of stolen property over $5,000

Obstructing a peace officer (2 counts)

Theft of a motor vehicle

Mischief over $5,000

Fail to comply with release order (2 counts)

After a Judicial Interim Release hearing, Smale was remanded into custody, to appear in Cochrane Provincial Court on Nov. 29, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.

“Property crime is a priority issue for Cochrane RCMP”, said Staff Sergeant Chad Fournier, Acting Detachment Commander for Cochrane RCMP. “Our officers work hard to ensure we respond quickly, efficiently and effectively to calls for service in order to bring property crime offenders to justice. This incident is one example of how quick notification to police, team work, and a thorough investigation can interrupt property crimes in progress and protect our community. We are dedicated to the Alberta RCMP’s goal of providing Safe Homes and Safe Communities for the people we serve”.

Cochrane RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, 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.

Cochrane RCMP

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