Long string of vehicle thefts includes Wapella, Moosomin, Elkhorn

POSTED: 2014-01-02 21:31:38

A long string of vehicle thefts, from Kathryn, Alberta to Oak Lake, Manitoba, ended when Virden RCMP made an arrest Thursday.

At approximately 3:00 am on January 1, Morse RCMP were notified of a Dodge Ram pickup truck stolen from the town of Milestone. Two persons were observed in the stolen Dodge pickup truck. The same two people had been seen previously rummaging through the inside of a Semi Tractor Unit. It is unknown at this time if anything was taken from the semi unit.

Later that afternoon, Morse RCMP located an abandoned Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck from Kathryn, AB which had been left in the ditch near the entrance to the community just off Hwy #1. Checks on the Alberta vehicle revealed that it had been stolen December 31, 2013.

The Dodge Ram pickup was recovered in Moose Jaw later that morning by Moose Jaw Police Service who advised that a Ford Escape was stolen from the city. The description of the subjects were similar to those observed in Morse.

At 6:13 am January 2, the Indian Head RCMP received a call of an intrusion alarm at a local gas station within the community of Sintaluta. A second call came in moments later from a witness who reported seeing a silver Ford Escape that had driven, in reverse, into the overhead garage bay door belonging to the business.

Upon police arrival at the business, it appeared as though the driver was attempting to gain entry into the business by ramming the vehicle through the door. No entry was gained and when the suspect saw the witness, the vehicle sped off Eastbound on Highway 1. Further examination at the scene located several broken parts which had fallen off the rear of the Ford Escape.

At 07:30 a.m. Thursday, the Moosomin RCMP attended to a complaint of a stolen vehicle from a business in Wapella. From this business, a Chevy Silverado was taken. The Ford Escape was abandoned and located on Highway 1 just east of Wapella.

Later Thursday morning, a complaint was received from a resident of Moosomin, that his Dodge Ram pickup was stolen. The Chevy Silverado stolen from Wapella was located a short distance from where the Dodge pickup was stolen in Moosomin.

The stolen Moosomin truck was recovered by Virden RCMP in Manitoba

Shortly before 9 am Thursday, Virden RCMP responded to suspects driving a stolen vehicle from Elkhorn. Investigation revealed a string of stolen vehicles and break-ins that had occurred in Moose Jaw, Indian Head, Wapella and Moosomin, Saskatchewan, as well as Lethbridge, Alberta. One of the stolen vehicles from Saskatchewan was abandoned in Elkhorn when the vehicle was stolen from that community.

On the highway east of Virden, the stolen vehicle clipped another vehicle, causing minor damage and no injuries. RCMP officers attempted to initiate a pursuit, but for the safety of all involved, called it off.

The stolen vehicle from Elkhorn was abandoned and another stolen from the Oak Lake area. The suspects proceeded to drive toward Brandon.

Brandon Police Service was alerted and assisted the RCMP in pursuing the stolen vehicle through the city.

When exiting the east side of Brandon, the suspect vehicle attempted to overtake another vehicle, and clipped it, sending both vehicles into the ditch. Brandon Police Service officers were able to take the two suspects into custody.

Charges are pending against a 42-year-old male and a 33-year-old female, both from Calgary. They will be appearing in Brandon Provincial Court on Friday.

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