BARRHEAD — On July 8, a County of Barrhead employee interrupted a theft of fuel from machinery in the Dunstable area. The employee was able to obtain a good photo of the suspect vehicle, a black or dark gray Chevy Avalanche with a red tidy tank in the back.
On July 9, two vehicles were reported at a well site on Township Road 602 near Tiger Lily. Police attended and observed the two suspect vehicles, one of which was the same Avalanche without the tidy tank. The other was an older dark Chevrolet or GMC Pickup.
Police attempted to stop the suspect vehicles but both fled and police did not pursue. If anyone has information pertaining to these vehicles, they are asked to contact the Barrhead Detachment at (780) 674-2696.
* On July 7, a worker reported two people camping in an area near the Center of Alberta, which is located a 10-kilometre drive and a five-kilometre hike north of Fort Assiniboine.
Police attended and observed a male operating an ATV in the ditch near where the camp was reported. When members signaled for the male to stop, he refused and continued driving in the ditch.
Unfortunately for the male, he hit a deep slough. The members entered the two-feet-deep water and were able to arrest the soaked suspect. The ATV he was driving turned out to be stolen from Thorhild County on June 7.
The Barrhead members, accompanied by a Swan Hills member, then attended the campsite where a female suspect was located. At the scene, members identified and recovered a travel trailer that had been stolen from Legal on June 9.
Police also located and seized a small quantity of crystal meth and observed that the couple had likely been stripping copper wire.
The male suspect, a 38-year-old male from Surrey, B.C., has been involved in at least eight incidents in the area from Westlock to Goose Lake since June 2. He is charged in six of these matters and remains in custody.
The male’s accomplice, a 39-year-old woman also from Surrey, B.C., is charged in three of these files.
* On July 2, a resident of the Thunder Lake area reported two males trying to steal their truck. Followed by the complainant’s husband, the suspects fled in an older pick-up and went down a dead-end road.
Police arrived within minutes and were on the dead end road when the suspect vehicle approached. The member on scene signaled for the suspected vehicle to stop; however, it was able to drive past the police car.
The member turned to follow and saw that the suspect vehicle had become disabled. As the member approached, two males ran into the bush. The member was able to arrest one male.
The 44-year-old Barrhead County male is facing a total of ten charges, including weapons offences.