In the early morning hours of Dec. 23rd, Lacombe police received a call from an alert resident about a suspicious vehicle in a residential area at the north end of the City.
Two Lacombe Police service members observed a similar vehicle leaving the area and when they attempted to pull it over, the vehicle fled. The vehicle was located approximately five minutes later in another residential area on the west side of Lacombe. This time when the officers attempted to stop it, the vehicle drove at the police vehicle head on then rammed into it before swerving onto the sidewalk and fleeing again. Neither police officer was injured and the police vehicle was not disabled although it did sustain significant damage to the passenger side.
A description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast and a Blackfalds RCMP member observed the vehicle at the south end of Lacombe. The suspects attempted to ram the RCMP vehicle then crashed into a parked car and fled on foot. The suspects eventually stole another car which was involved in another police pursuit in Edmonton where it rammed an Edmonton Police Service cruiser and the suspects again fled on foot.
Subsequent investigation revealed a total of six vehicles had been stolen from Lacombe, all of which were unlocked and keys available. The suspects also went through numerous unlocked vehicles and stole a variety of items. Three residential attached garages were also broken into in an apparent attempt to steal more vehicles. All the stolen vehicles were recovered, most with damage as a result of collisions with other vehicles.
The investigation remains ongoing and suspects have been identified through a variety of evidence gathered at each scene, however no arrests have been made at this time.
Residents are reminded yet again about the importance of locking their vehicles and homes and to call police any time they witness suspicious activity.