Car thief stopped by off-duty RCMP officer

In other crime news, an off-duty RCMP officer’s curiosity has led to the arrest of a would-be car thief.

  • Sep. 12, 2013 9:00 a.m.

In other crime news, an off-duty RCMP officer’s curiosity has led to the arrest of a would-be car thief.

On Sept. 5, at approximately 2:25 a.m. an off duty RCMP member advised the Blackfalds detachment that a woman was going into unlocked vehicles on Chinook St. in Blackfalds.

While awaiting the arrival of Blackfalds members the off duty member approached the woman, who at this time was in a motor vehicle and questioned her as to what she was doing.

The woman then fled in the 2013 Dodge Avenger which police determined had been stolen from a residence in Red Deer earlier that evening.

At 2:50 a.m. Blackfalds RCMP conducted a traffic stop on the Avenger with a 21-year-old male driver and an 18-year-old female passenger.

Both were arrested without incident.

The vehicle was returned to the owner and no items were stolen from the vehicles entered.

The male had outstanding Criminal Code warrants from Red Deer and has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a controlled substance and two breaches of probations.

The female will be charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a controlled substance, mischief and failure to comply with release documents.

The identities of these adults will be released once the criminal informations have been laid.

Blackfalds RCMP are reminding vehicle owners to lock their vehicles as the thefts from motor vehicles are crimes of opportunity and many can be prevented by locking your vehicles.

— Police Briefs